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Information and Communication Technology A Level at St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive 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

THE AS COURSE
- 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.

THE A2 COURSE

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.

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 Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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