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Information Communication Technology A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

ICT is a global industry that is keeping people in touch wherever they are. In the home, at work, and at play ICT puts people in contact with friends, family and all the stuff they need for holidays and business. ICT encompasses and embraces all aspects of our lives and is the perfect subject to complement your other studies. From PC to phone ... and beyond ICT engages the logical and creative parts of your personality. At a technical level, you’ll need to know how information actually gets from wherever it is stored to where it is needed, but there’s a creative side too.

Course content

  • Unit 1 – Information Systems (2 ¼ Hour exam - 60% of AS)
This unit is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of information systems, which is assessed by means of a two and a quarter hours’ written examination. It covers how ICT is used in industry by analysing the use of computers in business, desktop publishing, computer networks, education, health and many other areas.
  • Unit 2 – Presenting Information (Coursework - 40% of AS)
This unit requires candidates to use ICT hardware and software applications to solve a problem involving three separate tasks: the production of a document such as a leaflet or magazine, a document containing automated routines, such as a mail merged letter and a presentation to an audience, such as a web page or slide type show.
This section builds upon the knowledge gained at AS and students apply more creative and advanced techniques to scenarios.
  • Unit 3 – Use and Impact of ICT (2 ½ Hour Exam – 30% of A Level)
This unit is about the use and impact of Information and Communication Technology. It covers modern uses of computers from a more technical standpoint such as the Internet, digital communications and simulation.
  • Unit 4 – Relational Databases (Coursework – 20% of A Level)
This unit requires candidates to produce a relational database project. This could be a booking system for a cinema, a customer database for a shop, a school project or one of many other possibilities. You will design, create, test and evaluate a database to ensure that it means the needs of a client.

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Future opportunities

The GCE A-Level ICT course has a direct entry into a range of ICT courses such as ICT, Computer Science, Multimedia and Software Engineering degrees. Alternatively, IT user and practitioner qualifications such as NVQs can be followed through employment. If you turn out to have a really technical interest in ICT, you could work for a bank or corporation helping to design systems which transfer information from a database to a terminal. But if you are more interested in the user interface, you could work in advertising or for a handset manufacturer. Information is everywhere, so ICT is a sound career move by ensuring that your skills and knowledge will stay relevant.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years