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Information and Communication Technology at Holy Trinity

Course description

In todays world where ICT is constantly changing, individuals will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy.

The impact of ICT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for the individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies. As well as the rapid development of new technologies that gather, organise and share information, familiar technologies like television, telephone and computers are evolving and being expanded by digitised information, causing a convergence of technologies.

The aims of this course are to encourage students to develop:

  • the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • the skills to work collaboratively;
  • the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems;
  • an understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT;
  • an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.

Course content

You will study two AS units for an AS qualification in ICT and a further two A2 units for and A2 qualification.

Unit 1 - Information Systems and Applications (G061) - AS Level

  • Assessment mode - External
  • Assessment availability - January/June
  • Assessment information - 60% of total AS GCE marks, 2 hour written paper

Unit 2 - Structured ICT Tasks (G062) - AS Level

  • Assessment mode - Internal
  • Assessment availability - January/June
  • Assessment information - 40% of total AS GCE marks, coursework

Unit 3 - ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (G063) - A2 Level

  • Assessment mode - External
  • Assessment availability - January/June
  • Assessment information - 30% of the total Advanced GCE marks, 2 hour written paper

Unit 4 - ICT Project (G064) - A2 Level

  • Assessment mode - Internal
  • Assessment availability - January/June
  • Assessment information - 20% of the total Advanced GCE marks, coursework

AS Units

Unit 1 - Information, Systems and Applications

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

Unit 2 - Structured ICT Tasks

  • Design
  • Software development
  • Testing
  • Documentation

A2 Units

Unit 3 - ICT Systems, Applications and Implications

  • The systems cycle
  • Designing computer based information systems
  • Networks and communications
  • Applications of ICT
  • Implementing computer based information systems
  • Implications of ICT

Unit 4 - ICT Project

  • Definition, investigation and analysis
  • Design
  • Software development, testing and installation
  • Documentation
  • Evaluation

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of ICT is assumed, although the specifications develop the aims of GCSE specifications in ICT by enhancing and broadening the range and the understanding of the capabilities of applications and information systems studied. The use of a range of tools and techniques is required to solve more extensive and more complex problems. You must show a lot of hard work and dedication. You are expected to attend every lesson and be fully prepared having done any necessary work that has been asked of you before. You will be expected to do a lot of coursework and exam questions outside of lessons.

Assessment

The course is made up of four units - two taken in each year.

Year 12 AS

Unit 1 (G061): Information, Systems and Applications (120 Marks)

60% of total AS GCE marks, 2 hour written paper

Unit 2 (G062): Structured ICT Tasks (80 Marks)

40% of the total AS GCE marks, coursework

Year 13 A2

Unit 3 (G063): ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (120 Marks)

30% of the total Advanced GCE marks, 2 hour written paper

Unit 4 (G064): ICT Project (80 Marks)

20% of the total Advanced GCE Marks, coursework

Future opportunities

Throughout the course of study, candidates are encouraged to become discerning users of ICT, developing a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge and understanding of ICT. This should form a basis for progression into further learning, including progression from AS to A2 and/or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Trinity directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 20

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