ICT

ICT

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Why study this course?

This course is popular and successful, with results regularly being the best in Cheshire. In the recent past we have also had national recognition for our high achievement with awards such as "the best A Level results" for a Non-selective State School. ICT has becoming an increasingly important part of our world; individuals, businesses, schools and hospitals, all require the management and support of ICT systems in order to function on a daily basis. During your studies, you will learn how to utilise ICT systems personally and in the workplace, by defining the information needs of users through to developing solutions for business needs.

How is the course structured?

AS

  • Unit 1: Information Systems - 
2 Hour 15 Minute Written Paper
  • Unit 2: Presenting Information Task - 
Coursework Project

A2

  • Unit 3: Use and Impact of ICT - 2 Hour 30 Minute Written Paper
  • Unit 4: Relational Database Project - Coursework Project

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE including English Language. It is not essential to have a GCSE in ICT to undertake this course.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

A wide variety of subjects benefit as a result of studying ICT at A Level; from Media, Photography, and Art Graphics, where there can be an emphasis on the use of ICT, through to subjects such as Mathematics, Business Studies, and Economics, where advanced ICT skills can assist with data analysis.

What career paths would this course lead to?

ICT is regarded as a useful qualification to support your entrance onto any degree programme or higher education course. Courses that relate specifically to the skills acquired on the ICT A Level would include Network Engineering, Web Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Business Information Systems. You could take your practical skills into almost any industry sector as a technical consultant, systems administrator, operations support or ICT manager to name just a few. As a certain level of computer use is expected in modern society your advanced skills would be highly desirable in many other areas of employment.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Take account of rapid technological changes and the growth of scientific knowledge and understanding
  • Develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT
  • Develop an understanding of the range of ICT applications and the effects of their use
  • Develop awareness of the management of resources to meet an identified human need in a diverse and ever-changing society
  • Develop an understanding of the organisation of computer systems including software, data, hardware, communications and people
  • Acquire the skills necessary to apply this understanding to developing computer-based solutions to problems

What Extra Opportunities are available?

Through educational social networking, relationships are developing with similar colleges in a number of other countries.


"Out of the A Levels I chose, ICT was my favourite choice as it allowed me to broaden my options for when I leave college, whilst at the same time being fun and enjoyable." 

Tom Bailey Y13 Student

 

 "The teaching of the theory work was heavily based on the mark schemes and on co-operative learning. This meant that we learnt together with other students a lot improving our confidence. I was really pleased when I got my A Grade in the January exams as it was two grades above my predicted grade."

Neil Bowker Y12 Student