Level: AS and A LEVEL
Exam Board: W.J.E.C.
Location: Bryn Celynnog
What is the Course about?
The course provides opportunities for candidates to gain a broad understanding of the skills and knowledge inherent in Information and Communication Technology. Candidates gain a theoretical understanding of how and why ICT is used in society and also develop awareness of the technical aspects of the discipline. Critical thinking is encouraged and candidates develop an understanding of the relationship between system designer and user and how this relates to the world in which we live. This new specification commences Autumn 2008.
Requirements/ skills for entry to the course
There is no specific requirement for prior learning, although those who have studied ICT at GCSE level will already have some of the practical skills that will benefit them greatly at the beginning of the course. More important is an interest in ICT and computers and the willingness to develop higher level skills and knowledge through perseverance and individual endeavour. Those who have shown ability and application in GCSE or DiDA studies will be more likely to be welcomed onto this course. There is an even balance of academic and practical work and students will be expected to work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and develop substantial pieces of work.
Brief Outline of the Course and Methods of Assessment
The course is modular and in total comprises 4 units, with one written exam in each of the years.
Advanced Subsidiary consists of:-
IT1 Information Systems(60% AS, 30% Advanced) 2.25 hour written theory exam, comprising 2 parts including a pre-prepared spreadsheet task.
IT2 (40% AS, 20% Advanced) Desk top publishing and multimedia coursework task.
Advanced Level consists of:-
IT3 Use and Impact of ICT (30% Advanced) 2.5 hour written theory exam.
IT4 Relational Database Project (20% Advanced) Coursework Task based upon a relational database problem.
Career Opportunities/ Additional Information
The course is intended to be of interest to a wide range of candidates including those intending to follow a higher education course or career in Information and Communication Technology. Those with other interests and aspirations can also benefit from the many transferable skills inherent in the study of ICT.
Staff to consult for further information
Mr. C. Davies, Mrs N. Phillips