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ICT A Level at Heanor Gate Science College

Course description

If you enjoy a good mix of theory and practical work then this will be suitable for you. There are two theory exams so students must feel confident with this sort of assessment. It is particularly valued by the more academic universities. Some universities prefer a more academic ’A’ level in comparison to other level 3 vocational courses.

Course content

AS Units

  • Unit IT1 Information Systems This section is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of information systems, which is assessed by means of a two and a quarter hours’ written examination. Some of the topics include presenting information, networks and human computer interface.
  • Unit IT2 Presenting Information This unit requires students to use ICT hardware and software applications to solve a problem involving three separate tasks: the production of (i) a document such as a leaflet or magazine (ii) a document containing automated routines, such as a mail merged letter. (iii) a presentation to an audience, such as a web page or slide type show.

A2 Units

  • Unit IT3 Use and Impact of ICT This section is about the use and impact of Information and Communication Technology, which is assessed by means of a two and a half hours’ written examination. Some of the topics include database systems, the internet and ICT security policies.
  • Unit IT4 Relational Database This unit requires students to produce a relational database project. The database project does not have to be based in an actual commercial context, but students are be encouraged to develop a realistic system.

Entry requirements

A Grade C or above at GCSE or a Pass or above at BTEC IT.

Assessment

To get a certificate in Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level) GCE, you will need to have studied for and then been assessed on your performance in 2 AS Units. To get a certificate for Advanced (A level) GCE you will need to have studied for and been assessed on your performance in 2 AS Units together with 2 A2 units.

Future opportunities

The A’ Level in ICT qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a Degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management. You could also go on to work based training such as IT User/Practitioner NVQs or vendor-specific qualifications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heanor Gate Science College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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