Information and Communication Technology
What is Information and Communication Technology?
ICT is about understanding and using computers to carry out tasks. Computers now have a real effect on our lives and have changed the way we complete business, communicate, spend our leisure time and learn. You will study how computers are used to carry out tasks in all areas of the modern world. The emphasis will be on software use rather than the hardware and programming of computers. Some of the questions that you may be asked are:
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of the use of ICT?
- What is a Management Information System?
- How can ICT be used to simplify complex tasks?
Is ICT suitable for me?
Current students have valued the opportunity that this course provides to develop any existing ICT skills that they may already have. Students have also enjoyed the challenge of applying the practical skills that they have acquired to help make decisions and solve problems within a selection of real world scenarios.
How will I learn?
Some lessons will identify and then build upon your ICT skills, before using these practical techniques to investigate problems and then produce advanced ICT based solutions. There will also be theoretical lessons which will involve the discussion and research of a topic directly related to the use and affects of ICT in the 21st century.
Homework will be set each week and is likely to require approximately four to five hours of private study. This may include the further investigation of theoretical topics or some independent work to develop ICT practical skills.
How will I be assessed?
Coursework: AS – 40%; A2 – 40% of A2 Level ( 20% of A Level)
A level ICT comprises four units overall, two in each year. In the first year at AS you take units 1 and 2. You will also start some initial research for your second year coursework.
Unit 1: IT Systems
Exam: 2 hour 15 minutes, 60% of total AS, 30% of total A Level
Unit 2: Presenting Information Task
Coursework 40% of AS Level
Unit 3: Use and Impact of ICT
Exam: 2 hours, 30 minutes 30% of total A Level
Unit 4: Relational Database Project
Coursework: 20% of total A Level
ICT skills will help you in any future career and people with an understanding of ICT often discover many employment opportunities in a wide range of fields.
Many students select ICT to support their other subjects whilst others choose it as a specialist subject. ICT can also be combined at degree level with many other courses.
Jack studied A Level ICT along with A Levels in Geography and English Literature. He has gone to Oxford University to study Geography and ICT.
Alex studied Business and ICT at A Level. He has selected a course in Business Management and ICT at university.
Students studying toward an A level programme should normally have achieved a GCSE grade profile of A-C. For GCSE Maths and English where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively, students with an A-C grade profile may take a full BTEC/Cambridge Technical programme or mixed A level and BTEC/Cambridge Technical programme. You will be able to discuss course ideas and preferences during your College Guidance Interview. Final decisions will be made when you enrol after your GCSE results.
Please note some courses will have specific GCSE entry requirements. Further details will be available at Open Evenings.
The most important qualification for success is enthusiasm for, and interest in, the subject. You must have an open mind and enjoy the challenge of exploring new ideas and ways of working.
You can check your likely GCSE point score by going to 'Choosing the Right Course' on the website and entering your predicted grades.
It helps students if they have access to their own computer and Microsoft packages.
All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where applicable).
Estimated costs: textbook £15.
If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.