Level: GCE (AS & A2)
What you will study:
The Applied ICT course is a broad-based vocational qualification designed to widen participation in vocationally-related learning. It aims to equip you with the basic skills needed to work within ICT sector. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations. You will develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding.
At AS level you will study the following three modules:
Unit 1 - Coursework – 16.66% A - Using ICT to communicate - You will use your presentation knowledge and skills to create a portfolio of different communications, including a presentation on different methods of communicating information and the technologies that support them. You will also compare a collection of standard documents used by organisations. The communications you create and compare need to have sufficient content to enable you to fully demonstrate your presentation knowledge and skills.
Unit 2 - Examination – 16.66% A - How organisations use ICT - You will study how organisations (including at least one large organisation) collect, disseminate and use information, how they manage the flow of information between sections or departments and the way they use ICT to access and exchange information.
Unit 3 - Coursework – 16.66% A - ICT solutions for individuals and society - The mark on that assessment will be your mark for the unit. You will produce a presentation of the results of an investigation, including the use of a spreadsheet to analyse numeric data, along with a report on the sources and methods used to find information.
At A2 you will study the following three modules:
Unit 9 – Coursework – 16.66% A - Working to a brief - This unit helps you to improve your own performance and working relationships through the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of an ICT project. Assessment is intended to allow you to demonstrate the development of your own skills and knowledge in relevant areas of ICT, as well as in your ability to work with others. You are asked to find the solution to a brief chosen from a list.
Unit 10 –Coursework – 16.66% A - NumericalModelling Using Spreadsheets – You will create a complex spreadsheets that meet specified requirements. The user of your spreadsheet will want to enter data, and the spreadsheet needs to process the data to produce the required output. Output will be in the form of numerical values or charts.
Unit 14 – Coursework – 16.66% A - Developing and Creating a Website – You will create a develop and create a website for a chosen client It is important that you include information which is up to date you will include a structure diagrams, storyboards, an index, a task list and an action plan to help create and develop your website.
What this course can lead to:
This course is ideal for a university degree. The skills developed through the study of ICT are valuable to any other course. Students who have studied ICT at A Level have gone on to work as teachers; within media; within the ICT industry and many other professions.
Further Information from:
Mr McGeough, Mr Depledge Ms Rabadia or Ms Thomson
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How parents can help
Firstly parents should familiarise themselves with all the assignments, deadlines and exam dates. Secondly parents should ensure that a sufficient amount of coursework is being completed regularly by their child so that deadlines are met. With the intensity of the course failure to keep up with early deadlines will make it difficult for students to complete the course successfully.