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Information Technology at The King Edmund School

Course description

IT is an acronym that stands for Information Technology. The best way to think about IT is to consider all the uses of digital technology that already exist to help individuals, businesses and organisations use information. IT covers any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive information electronically in a digital form. These include personal computers, digital television, email, robots. Therefore, IT is not only about the use of digital data, but it is also concerned with the way these different uses interact with each other.

Course content

This course aims to get you thinking creatively about how IT can be used and applied. You will examine how organisations and individuals use IT, including for communication, and about the many factors affecting the wider use of IT. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse, design, create and test software solutions to a range of problems, spending much of your classroom time working on computers. You will learn to use a range of software applications at an advanced level, and to manage, present and use various types of information. This course encourages students to become discerning users of IT, enabling students to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. However, studies will involve more than solely working on a computer to solve problems as you will also have to learn about the social implications of IT, considering things such as legal and ethical aspects and the role of large organisations/ corporations in the IT world.

Assessment

There are two units that are studied in each year. Examinations take place at the end of Year 12 and at the end of Year 13. The two units in Year 12 are both assessed via examinations and are both equally weighted as 25% of the final grade. In Year 13 the two units are assessed via different methods – Unit 3 is an exam unit worth 30% and Unit 4 is a coursework unit worth 20% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

Whether you intend studying IT or computing at a higher level (university), or will be moving straight into employment, A Level IT is an excellent qualification to have to help you move towards a career as a software developer, networks manager, systems analyst, or work in areas such as IT communications and support.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Edmund School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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