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ICT A Level at Bilborough College

Course description

An A-level in ICT brings the study of Information and Communication Technology right up to date - and it's supported by a range of industries, higher education institutions and the National Computing Centre. Our expert teachers will give you a thorough understanding of how ICT can be used in society and in organisations, and the implications of its use; knowledge which may be highly valuable both at degree and career level. Our ICT classes offer plentiful opportunities for practical work, both with software and hardware, and we encourage you to become an active investigator rather than a passive learner. We'll build on your functional ICT skills, rather than replicating what you already know.

Course content

Your first year (AS) is made up of two units. 'Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World’ looks at the practical process of developing ICT systems, using a range of applications software in a structured way. ‘Living in the Digital World’ encourages you to consider the important issues involved in the use of ICT by you and by others. You will also study the immediate effect on you and also the longer-term effects on society and the world in general, asking questions such as: “How does a particular use of ICT affect society?” 

Your A2 year is also made up of two units: ‘The Use of ICT in the Digital World’ alongside a coursework module called ‘Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World’. With the former, we will look at the fast-changing subject of ICT, including developments in technology and ICT system capabilities, and how this might affect the world that makes use of ICT. We’ll study a range of entities which use ICT, including charities, clubs and societies, businesses of all sizes and multi-national public and private organisations. For your coursework unit you will complete a substantial project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time. 

Entry requirements

To study ICT at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C or above in English GCSE, and a keen interest in ICT and the digital world.

Future opportunities

Here in Bilborough Sixth Form College’s ICT department we’ve been building links with Loughborough University, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Coventry, so you can visit them and take part in special lectures focusing on ICT and ICT project management. Many of our former students have gone on to study ICT or related courses at university. To give you further insight into your possible future, they will come in to share their experiences with you.

Further information

Bilborough Sixth Form College’s ICT department is in the top 20 per cent nationally for A-level results. In 2011-12, 100 per cent of students passed our A-level course with 76 per cent achieving grades A to C and 51 per cent achieving A to B! We are expecting our 2012-13 results to be in line with, or even to exceed, those impressive figures. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bilborough College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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