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Level: Advanced (Level 3)

Why study ICT?

An ability to work with information and communication technologies is as essential to education, life and workplace success as ‘reading, writing and arithmetic’. No matter your pathway in life, ICT will open new doors to enjoyment, enlightenment and employment, and ICT students are better prepared for a digitally enhanced, globally competitive world.

A dynamic discipline in its own right, ICT teaches transferable skills which link closely to, and increase performance levels within, other subjects, and will be an asset to you throughout your time at college and beyond. When 3 out of the top 4 jobs available to university graduates are based within the ICT industry why would you choose any other subject?

What can it lead to?

  • Computer Programmers
  • Web Designers
  • Project Managers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Social Community Managers
  • Security/Networking Analysts
  • Technology Support
  • Mobile Application Developers
  • Technical Trainers/Managers
  • Digital Specialists
  • Web Development Specialists

Many of our students continue to study ICT at university whilst others use it as a stepping stone to study another discipline.

The transferable skills developed whilst studying ICT include problem solving, project management, creative thinking, the capacity for independent enquiry and team working.

How is the course organised?

The course is valued as the equivalent of 1.5 A Levels.

Year 12                                           

Unit 02              Creating Systems to Manage Information

Unit 03              Using Social Media in Business

Unit 06              Website Development                

 

Year 13

Unit 01              Information Technology Systems

Unit 04             Programming    

Unit 08             Computer Games Development

How is the course assessed?

Teaching is a combination of theoretical lessons and practical work.  It is essential that learners have a good working knowledge of the basic application packages (word processing, spreadsheets and databases).

Assessment for this course is two-thirds coursework and will comprise of a number of set tasks; the other third is externally assessed via examination or controlled assessment. In order to gain the Foundation Diploma award, learners must complete all 6 units to at least pass grade standard.

Feedback will be given by the subject teacher on each assessment criteria, with the opportunity for improvement, and exemplar materials will be made available so students can assess for themselves their own standard of work.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

At least 5 GCSEs and either a minimum grade 4 (C) GCSE ICT or PM in BTEC Ext Cert in ICT level 2 or the ability to use IT software to a good standard.

Grade 4 (C) in Mathematics.

Units have been selected to reflect the demands of current industry practices. However, as well as developing a clear grounding in the subject knowledge, this qualification also aims to promote the necessary skills required by universities and future employers.

Who are the teachers?

The ICT Department staff have over 40 years teaching experience collectively. Academic qualifications include B Eng in Electronic Engineering and an MSC in Engineering, a masters in Information Systems and a BA in IT and Education.

Industrial experience includes Research and Development at BT, working for Natwest and network management in a large community library.

For further information, contact Mr. M. Wilson on mwl@stcharles.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can get information about this course direct from the Exam Board website: www.edexcel.org.uk

What do the students say about the course?

“ICT allowed me to expand upon the knowledge I had developed throughout my education. I would strongly advise other students to choose this subject as it is a great stepping stone into university”.

        (Bashir, Year 13)

What else should I know about?

There are three dedicated ICT rooms with wireless internet access, printing facilities, interactive smartboards and projectors. In addition many lessons will make use of mobile technology in the form of laptops, tablets and smartphones.