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Information and Communication Technology Applied AS A2 at Northampton School for Girls

Course description

The course is delivered "on line" from a partner school and consists of very high quality resource and assignment material. Direct links with the internet, video links and audio help buttons are an integral part of the programme. All the portfolio assignments are completed on screen and the majority of reference material required for the course is accessed through the computer. In order to undertake this course you must have access to the internet at home or stay behind after school two evenings a week to use the school computers.

Course content

This is an exciting course, which is delivered on-line. Assessment is also on-line via e-port folios.Unit 1: The Information AgeYou will discover that the internet provides fantastic opportunities to those individuals and communities who are ‘technology enabled’. You will also investigate the causes and effects of the digital divide. Your investigation of the age in which you live will be presented in the form of an e-book designed to be read on a computer screen. This is an internally assessed unit.Unit 2: The Digital EconomyYou will investigate how organisations are responding to the pressures of the e-marketplace by using transactional websites to present their products and services gather information and provide a personalised service. You will explore the design of a commercial transactional website and the back-office processes involved in handling an online purchase, This is an internally assessed unitUnit 3: The Knowledge WorkerKnowledge workers include programmers, system analysts, technical writers and – most importantly – users. You will learn about making informed decisions using the information available to you and how to use spreadsheet models to investigate alternatives and answer ‘what-if’ questions. This is an externally assessed unit.Unit 7:Using Database SoftwareBuilding on the work done in Unit 2, you will learn the principles of data modelling and sound database design, and will design and implement user interfaces that make it easier for people to enter data and extract information, whilst ensuring the overall security and integrity of the database. This is an externally assessed unitUnit 8: Managing ICT ProjectsThus unit will introduce you to some formal projects management tools and methods and give you an opportunity to use specialist software to plan and monitor projects. You will also need to identify resource requirements such as finance, expertise, equipment and time. This is an internally assessed unit.Unit 10: Using Multimedia SoftwareAdvances in digital technology have transformed the way we live, learn and communicate. One of the major areas of development is digital multimedia, which combines two, or more media types such as text, graphics and video. You will be required to design, develop and test an interactive multimedia product for a specified target audience. This is an internally assessed unit.

Entry requirements

To study on this programme you should have studied to GCSE Level and achieved at least 5 grade Cs or above, or a Merit or Distinction at Intermediate GNVQ and one other GCSE at Grade C or above. You should enjoy independent research and presenting portfolio assignments.


On-line assessment is designed to give credit for what students can do as well as what they know. It is based on e-portfolio evidence and external assessments, which are set and marked by the awarding body

Future opportunities

Progression to Higher Education, particularly in ICT and business related subjects.Assists entry to most areas of employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 December 2015
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