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A Level ICT

Information on the move

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.

From PC to phone ... and beyond ICT engages the logical and creative parts of your personality. At a technical level, you’ll need to know how information actually gets from wherever it is stored (like a company server) to where it is needed (like a sales person’s mobile phone). But there’s a creative side too. Which, in this case, is how will that information be presented on a tiny phone screen?

So what’s in the course? Examination Board:


Structure: Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World 25% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes examination: 80 marks An introduction to hardware and software technologies and how you can apply them to applications in everyday life

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World 25% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes examination: 80 marks This gives you a solid grounding in areas such as transferring data, backups and the interface between people and ICT systems

Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World 30% of A Level 2 hour examination: 100 marks You cover technology developments, how to manage ICT projects, and the use of ICT solutions within organisations

Unit 4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World 20% of A Level Coursework project report: 70 marks Hands-on experience in conceiving, designing and implementing a real ICT-based system

What skills will you learn? ICT helps students develop a number of new skills including: - How to assemble data and assess its quality - How to investigate facts and use deduction - How to put over your point of view fluently - How to work as a team to achieve results.

Career value: 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. Students who take ICT often also take Business Studies, Design &Technology, the Sciences or Arts courses. So whether you’re techie or arty, ICT sits comfortably in the middle.

Entry Requirements: GCSE: Minimum ‘C’ in Maths, ‘C’ in English Language, ‘CCCC’ or higher in DiDA.