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Information and Communication Technology AS/A Level at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level ICT will develop your understanding of the use of Information and Communications Technology in an ever-changing world. The impact of ICT is vast, and the study of A Level ICT will help you to meet the growing need from industry for individuals who can manipulate new technologies.

Course content

In Year 1 you will study Unit 1 and Unit 2 to achieve the AS Level. In Year 2, you will study Unit 3 and Unit 4 to complete the full A Level. 

Unit 1: Information, Systems and Applications (worth 60% of the AS Level)

Topics studied in this unit include:

  • Data, information, knowledge and processing
  • Software and hardware components of an information system
  • Characteristics of standard and application software and application areas
  • Spreadsheet concepts
  • Relational database concepts
  • Application software used for presentation and communication of data
  • The role and impact of ICT – legal, moral and social issues

You will be assessed by a two-hour examination, consisting of short-answer and essay-style questions.

Unit 2: Structured Task (worth 40% of the AS Level course)

In this unit you will apply your software application skills to design an IT solution to meet the needs of a client. You will develop, test and finally document your solution.

You will be assessed by practical tasks set by the exam board.

Unit 3: ICT Systems - Application and Implications (worth 60% of the A Level)

Topics studied in this unit include:

  • The system lifecycle
  • Designing computer-based information systems
  • Networks and communications
  • Applications of ICT
  • Implementing computer-based information systems
  • Implications of ICT

You will be assessed by a two-hour examination in June, consisting of short-answer and essay-style questions.

Unit 4: ICT Project (worth 40% of the A Level)

In this unit you will create and document a functional ICT system to meet a client’s requirements.

You will be assessed through a coursework topic of your own choice.

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths
  • You will also need an interest in studying the theory behind ICT issues

Because:

  • You will need to communicate effectively in exams and coursework
  • You will need to think logically to solve problems
  • You will need to think critically to demonstrate your understanding of ICT theory

 

Assessment

 

Unit 1

You will be assessed by a two hour examination, consisting of short answer and essay style questions.

Unit 2

You will be assessed by practical tasks set by the exam board

Unit 3

You will be assessed by a two hour examination in June, consisting of short answer and essay style questions.

Unit 4

You will be assessed through a coursework topic of your own choice.

Future opportunities

Many students progress onto university studying subjects such as Game Design, Ethical Hacking, Network Security, Software Engineering and Computing. This fast-paced industry also offers many apprenticeship opportunities in areas such as desktop, network and technical support.

Further information

A-Level ICT is not a course for students who solely wish to learn how to use a personal computer, but for those who have an interest in Information Technology. In addition to becoming a discerning IT user, you will study technological issues and demonstrate your understanding of them.

This course will encourage you to develop a capacity to think creatively, analytically, logically and critically. The course has a strong problem-solving focus, where you will apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to solve complex problems covering a range of contexts. Written communication skills are vital for this course, and you may be advised to attend study support workshops on a regular basis for specialist help.

No prior knowledge of ICT is assumed, but if you have studied a full GCSE in ICT you will find the A Level enhances and broadens your understanding, and provides the opportunity for using a wider range of software applications. To succeed in A Level ICT, it will be necessary to spend an average of 3-4 hours on homework and independent study each week. Weekly workshops are offered to provide one-to-one support.

The course does not require you to own a PC as the college has facilities which may be used. However, some students have found that having their own is helpful, and it is useful if students have the same software as at college

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016

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