Information and Communications Technology A level at Valentines High School
A Level ICT is comprised of four units and includes externally assessed examinations. The units are concerned with applying ICT to solve problems and the study of the opportunities for, and effects of using ICT in the world today. Learners will have the opportunity to put into practice a wide range of software and hardware to create solutions and solve problems.
Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World. 25% of total A level mark.
Practical use of ICT, identifying, designing, producing, testing, documenting and evaluating solutions. Data entry, storage, output of information, use of software, current software, current health and safety.
Unit 2: Living in the Digital World. 25% of total A level mark.
ICT systems, their components, their uses, user safety and security. Data and information, data transfer, backup and recovery.
Learners will study the concepts associated with the use of ICT in the 21st century. Learners will also have opportunities for acquiring skills needed in the IT profession such as co-operatively working and project management. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop in areas of ICT that are of interest to them.
Unit 3: Practical Issues involved in the use of ICT in the Digital World. 30% of total A level mark.
Developments in technology, information needs of organisations, ICT systems, management of ICT. Developing ICT systems, introducing large ICT systems into organisations. Training and supporting users of ICT systems.
Unit 4: Coursework Practical issues involved in the use of ICT in the Digital World. 20% of total A level mark.
Practical issues involved in managing the use of ICT in organisations. Investing, analysing, defining requirements. Selecting and using appropriate technologies, designing solutions, methods for testing and installation, documenting and evaluating.
Grade B in GCSE ICT or a Distinction in BTEC ICT. Grade B or above in English language or Mathematics is preferred.
Students can go onto a computer related degree at university or may want to complete a joint degree course with an element of business. However, there is also the alternative of changing direction to employment and moving into an ICT job related sector.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Valentines High School directly.