Level: A Level
Entry Requirements: C grade in English and Maths GCSE
Applied ICT gives students the opportunity to take their studies further. The course is split into 6 units (3 for AS and 3 for A Level), two of which consist of a practical exam.
Unit 1: The Information Age (AS)
In this unit you will learn about the information communication technologies that enable people to access and exchange information and to carry out transactions anytime, anywhere.
You will take a critical look at the impact that the internet has had on the way people conduct their personal and professional lives, explore the services it offers and gain ‘hands-on’ experience of using some of them. Your investigation and evaluation of all these aspects of the age in which you live will be presented in the form of an e-book website designed to be read on a computer screen.
Unit 2: The Digital Economy (AS)
In this unit, you will investigate how organisations are responding to the pressures of the e-marketplace by using transactional websites to:
• present their products and services
• gather information
• provide a personalised service
You will apply your database skills to the task of storing and analysing given data in order to identify significant trends and then make recommendations based on your interpretation of them.
Unit 3: The Knowledge Worker (AS)
In this unit you will learn about making informed decisions using the knowledge available to you. This unit is a practical examination where you will have to use and extend a spreadsheet model to solve a problem.
Unit 7: Using Database Software (A2)
This unit is a practical examination where you will be required to build a database to perform a set of tasks for a given scenario. It builds on what has been learnt in Unit 2.
Unit 8: Managing ICT Projects (A2)
In this unit you will undertake the management of a project, learning how to schedule your time, conduct and record meeting and ensure that your project meets the customer’s requirements.
Unit 10: Using Multimedia Software (A2)
In this unit you will produce a multimedia product that performs a useful task for a customer.
Many of the skills learnt in this course are useful in their own right. Some of our students have produced websites and other products as part of their coursework that have been genuinely useful to other people. The vast majority of students that study this course have gone on to University, and some of our past students have gone on to work for software and games development companies.
For more information contact Mr Watts, Head of ICT & Computing, on firstname.lastname@example.org.