Information & Communication Technology
ICT involves an understanding of how and why businesses use technology. Through the project students will develop their skills in the use of advanced features of software packages such as word processors, spreadsheets and databases. Through a mixture of directed self-study materials, demonstrations and lectures students will investigate the role of people and technology in organisations and develop an awareness of the social, moral and economic implications of introducing new technology .
Unit IT1: Information Systems – this unit provides the foundation for the theoretical aspects of the course. It covers the components, characteristics and functions of ICT systems and the ways in which they provide valuable information in a wide range of areas including business, health, education and the home. It also addresses the consequences of using ICT for individuals, organisations and society, including social, legal, technical, ethical, economic and environmental issues. There is also a practical component within the unit involving the production of a spreadsheet for business modelling. This is taken into the exam and used to explain how the software enables business modelling to take place.
Unit IT2: Presenting Information – in this unit, students use software to carry out a series of related practical tasks. They use desk top publishing software to design and produce a leaflet or magazine, followed by the application of automated routines such as mailmerge. Finally, they design and produce a presentation, which can either be slide-based or Web-based. Each student will have use an individual small business or organisation as the focus for this work.
Unit IT3: Use and Impact of ICT – study at A2 Level develops the fundamental concepts introduced at AS Level. There is particular emphasis on networks, databases, system security, legal and ethical issues, and the systems development process.
Unit IT4: Relational Databases – in this unit, students produce a realistic database solution in an appropriate context selected by the student. They carry out an analysis leading to a system specification and then design, implement and test a relational database system.
Examination (60% - 2¼ hr)
Examining Board – WJEC.
Special Entry Requirements
If you have taken an IT qualification at GCSE level you must have achieved at least a grade C .
Career and Progression Opportunities
Is often combined with Business, Finance and Management degrees.
Unit IT2 at AS level & IT4 at A2 level are coursework. This contributes 40% towards the final A level grade.
We use a variety of teaching methods including problem solving in small groups, teacher presentations to the class, student presentations, individual work on exam questions, practical worksheets on the advanced use of software .
We hope to invite a number of guest speakers from the world of business and industry to talk to students. Also, if possible, we will arrange visits to organisations for them to see first hand examples of IT systems .
There are no major extra costs. Students are expected to provide storage media (writable CDs or USB devices). Students are expected to contribute towards the cost of external visits.
Complementary Subjects or Enrichment Courses
ICT is a good support for a wide range of different Advanced subjects, but popular combinations include Business Studies, Media Studies and Design Technology .
This information is correct for September 2013 entry.