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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

In today's world, having the practical skills to use computer applications such as word-processing, spreadsheets and databases, with confidence, is essential in all areas of employment and in many cases, is a definite requirement to successful employment. Many features of our everyday life are also regulated by the use of computers. The use of the internet has rapidly increased and now includes such areas like social networking, online banking / shopping and digital media sharing. You will also develop your understanding of ICT during classroom theory lessons.

Course content

For the practicle element, the course uses industry standard applications such as:

  • Word processing/DTP
  • Presentation software
  • Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • Image editing
  • Multimedia software
  • Use of the Internet as a resource.

For the theory part of the course, the topics covered include

  • Data, information and knowledge
  • The quality, value and importance of information
  • Validation and verification
  • Networks (including the internet)
  • Databases
  • Presentation information
  • Social and legal issues
  • Human computer interface
  • Security issues
  • Uses of ICT in business, education, health care and the home.

The course is taught using a networked PC system with industry standard software. The practical component of the course accounts for approximately 40% of the overall marks.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. There is no need for a student to have followed any Computing or IT course at GCSE; however, you must have skills in written English and for the theory part of the course, undertake reading on a regular basis.

Future opportunities

A large proportion of our students go on to higher education to study ICT, Computing or a similar ICT/Business related subject to degree level and further. The employment prospects of students who have a degree in ICT are excellent in all fields.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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