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Information Technology (Applied) A-Level at Egglescliffe School

Course description

The course consists of three compulsory and three optional units. The three compulsory unit titles are The Information Age, The Digital Economy and The Knowledge Worker. There are a number of optional units including systems design, database design, programming, multimedia and spreadsheets.

The course has a large amount of practical content and specifically takes flash programming and database development skill to a high level. The course has a business focus and this is emphasized in the style of the exams. The upper sixth project management unit is a particularly interesting module from a business point of view and it includes skills that are not available in other ICT or computing courses.

Course content

You will spend a great deal of time using computers to complete work set by the course tutors. You should expect to spend a great deal of your own time working on extending your practical skills. The work you do will be assessed through a combination of e-portfolios and external exams. At least one quarter of the course is externally assessed through tests, set assignments, projects or case study work.

An e-portfolio is a software presentation of your work in one of a number of standard formats. The course is designed to give students a good basic grounding in practical business skills and in the Core Skills of communication, application of Number and Information Technology. It can open the door to study at a higher level or to employment.

Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific

Students who are successful at this course are those who enjoy presentation and graphics. They want to learn how to complete tasks to a high standard using a variety of ICT applications. It is not necessary to have studied GCSE ICT to take this course, but it is an advantage.

Future opportunities

Students with GCE Applied in ICT have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of skills throughout the course. These include: collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating your findings in different ways, identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers and universities and colleges as being of great value.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Egglescliffe School directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

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