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Information Communication Technology (Applied) at Holcombe Grammar School

Course description

OK. You’re in Paris for the first time and decide that you’re not ready for frogs’ legs yet ... so you turn on your iPhone, go to Google maps and find the nearest McDonalds. But then you realise you don’t know the French word for ‘chips’... so an online dictionary tells you the word is ‘frites’. A minute later you stride into the store and ask for “un Grand Mac et frites”. Job done. Welcome to ICT. It’s a gigantic global industry that’s keeping people in touch wherever they are. In the home, at work, at play ... ICT puts folk in contact with friends, family and all the stuff they need for holidays and business.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - The information age In this unit you will learn about the information communication technologies that enable people to access and exchange information and to carry out transactions anytime, anywhere.

Unit 2 - The digital economy In this unit, you will investigate how organisations are responding to the pressures of the e-marketplace by using transactional websites to:

  1. present their products and services
  2. gather information
  3. provide a personalised service.

Unit 3 - The knowledge worker In this unit you will learn about making informed decisions using the knowledge available to you. As you already know, not all information is current or accurate. You will learn how to select your sources and decide on how much credence you can place in them. You will learn that there are often many factors to consider when making a decision and that part of the process is to identify gaps in your knowledge. Decisions often have to be made within time constraints. You will learn how to manage your time effectively by prioritising tasks and setting interim deadlines.


A2 Level

Unit 7 – Using database software In this unit you will develop your knowledge of, and skills in using, databases further. You will learn the principles of data modelling and sound database design, and will use relational database software to build working database systems capable of storing large quantities of data and of handling both routine and one-off requests for information.

Unit 8 – Managing ICT projects In this unit you will be able to put into practice what you have learnt by setting up and running a small-scale software project. You will have to draw on the knowledge and skills you have learned throughout the course in order to plan for and produce the required software product. It is assumed that you already have skills in at least two different software applications and some experience of the processes involved in software design and implementation.

Unit 10 – Using multimedia software In this unit you will increase your understanding of the features and possibilities of these and other tools so that you can combine them to produce well-designed multimedia products that communicate your ideas effectively.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 grade A* - C GCSEs including English Language and mathematics

Usually, at least grade B in GCSE IT



Units 1 & 2 - Externally Moderated E-Portfolio modules

Unit 3 – Online spreadsheet skills exam

each worth 16.6% of Final A2 Grade.


Units 8 and 10 – Externally Moderated E-Portfolio modules Unit 7 – online database skills exam

each worth 16.6% of the final A2 Grade

Future opportunities

ICT is one of those great subjects that lets you maximise on your own strengths. If you turn out to have a really technical interest in ICT, you could work for a bank or corporation helping to design systems which transfer information from a database to a terminal. But if you’re more interested in the user interface, you could work in advertising or for a handset manufacturer. Information is everywhere, so ICT is a sound career move

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years