ICT in the Sixth Form
AS and A2 Level ICT
Students follow the AQA Information Communication Technology course where students develop an understanding of how ICT can be used in society and organisations and the implications of its use. In addition, students advance knowledge and skills designing, building and evaluating ICT-based solutions to a range of problems.
Students do not need to have studied ICT at GCSE level in order to follow this course but it would be advantageous. Students will need 5 non-practical GCSEs at grades A*- C in five different subjects, (but normally more) with at least grade C in two of the following subjects: Mathematics, English (not literature) or ICT.
The emphasis of this course is on the use of the computer in the business environment and its impact on society in general. At AS level students will acquire skills on the use of computers, associated software and communication systems as the essential business tools of our age. Practical skills and knowledge will be acquired in a range of application packages including databases and spreadsheets. These skills will be used to solve problems and the study of the opportunities for and affects of using ICT in the world today. Students will also have opportunities for acquiring skills needed in the IT profession such as co-operative working and project management. These practical skills can be developed in areas of ICT that are of interest to them. They will also develop the more sophisticated skills of report writing and presentations. Work Experience is a vital component of this course for providing information as well as enhancing your CV and writing personal statements for university applications, further training or employment.