COURSE LENGTH AWARDING BODY ASSESSMENT
2 years WJEC

60% Examination

40% Coursework

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs, 2 at grade B and 3 at grade C including English and Mathematics.

What will I study?

An Introduction to ICT

The ICT A Level course encourages students to become discerning users of ICT; developing a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding. More specifically, it encourages students to develop:

  • The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems
  • An understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT
  • An awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.

ICT Course Content

  • Unit 1 - Information Systems
    • Data, information and knowledge
    • The value and importance of information
    • Quality of information
    • Validation and verification
    • Capabilities and limitations of ICT
    • Uses of ICT in Business, Education, Health and Home
    • Presenting Information
    • Networks
    • Human Computer Interface (HCI)
    • Social Issues
    • Database Systems
    • Spreadsheet Modelling
    • Simulation Modelling

This unit is assessed by examination.

  • Unit 2 - Presenting Information
    • This is a coursework assessed module in which students undertake three tasks:
      • Desk Top Publishing - Design and produce a leaflet or magazine of at least two A4 sides and containing at least 150 words
      • Automated documents - Design and produce a mail merge letter containing automated routines including macros
      • Presentation - Design and produce a presentation of at least six slides or web pages for an audience.
  • Unit 3 - Use and Impact of ICT
    • Networks
    • The Internet
    • Human Computer Interface (HCI)
    • Working with ICT
    • ICT Security Policies
    • Database systems
    • Management of Change
    • Management Information Systems
    • System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

This unit is assessed by examination.

  • Unit 4 - Relational Databases
    • This is a project/coursework based module in which students will:
      • discover how a structured database could be used in an organisation
      • understand data types and formats
      • discover how data is captured and prepared for use in a relational database
      • understand validation techniques to minimise errors
      • learn and apply the principles of normalisation of data with respect to relational database design
      • design, implement and test a relational database to meet a specification
      • produce user documentation
      • develop good practice in their use of ICT

Where does it lead?

Students can move into ICT and Computer related employment or degree courses. ICT is needed for almost all jobs, and is therefore useful for many different careers. Around half of successful A Level ICT students go on to degrees in either Business Management and IT or Accounting and Finance. The remaining students follow degree courses in Arts, Humanities, Languages and Science.

 
 
 

“I studied ICT with Business Studies and Travel & Tourism at Cadbury College. I am now studying a degree in Business and Management at Birmingham City University.”

Marta Woloszczuk