Level: Foundation (Level 1)Awarding Body: Edexcel
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?
ICT careers include:
- 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
It is hoped that you will enjoy this subject enough to continue studying it at Level 2. That said, providing you pass this course, you are free to move to a different subject area providing you meet the necessary minimum entry requirements.
The transferable skills developed whilst studying ICT include problem solving, creative thinking, the capacity for independent enquiry and team working.
How is the course organised?
Awarding Board: Edexcel
Unit A1: Being Organised
Unit A2: Developing a Personal Progression Plan
Unit A3: Working with Others
Unit A4: Researching a Topic
Health and Social Care: Communication Skills in Health & Social Care
Hospitality and Tourism: Delivering Customer Service in Hospitality
Sport: Getting People Active
ICT Specific Units
IT6 Using Digital Communication Technologies
IT8: Creating a Spreadsheet to Solve Problems
IT9: Creating a Website
How is the course assessed?
Teaching and Learning Methods:
The key to success is the practical application of your understanding of the subject to real life situations. The desire to progress onto Level 2 is as important as developing your ICT/Business skills and knowledge. Over the years a significant number of our level 1 students have progressed onto level 2 and then level 3 before progressing into employment or university.
Assessment for this course is 100% coursework. However, this will be evidenced in a variety of different ways. This includes poster designs, classroom presentations, working as part of a team, multimedia projects, spreadsheets, written coursework assignments, role plays and tutor observations, etc.
What do I need to qualify for this course?
This qualification is open to learners who have gained on average a grade average of F-G. You should have an interest in ICT/Business but also a willingness to work within other subject areas, such as Sport, Health and Social Care, Travel and Tourism and Art and Design.
The primary aim of the course is to open up to the learner a wide variety of options and build your confidence and through this your written and verbal communication so that you are better prepared to progress onto a level 2 programme in your chosen field and learning pathway.
Students will need to keep all their work well organised so their assignments may be submitted to the exam board for external verification.
Who are the teachers?
The ICT & Business Departments staff have over 40 years teaching experience between them. Academic qualifications include BEng in Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Engineering, a masters in Information Systems and a BA in IT and Education, Business Studies, Business Management or Business & Marketing. Many have industry experience, which ranges from Retail Management to FMCG marketing, as well as actually setting up and running their own businesses.
What do students say about the course?
I found this course really interesting, particularly as it allowed me to see some of the options available to me once I has completed it. I enjoyed learning how to create a CV
We got a lot of help from our teachers to complete the work, and a lot of feedback so we could improve it
I enjoyed the work experience…it made me realise how important it was to do well in education
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.
There will be opportunities through the year to go on careers trips and to find out about the many different career options available.
All students will get the opportunity to do two weeks of work experience, which will feed into and support different units.
Finally a number of team building and activity days are built in throughout the year. In previous years students have gone to industrial visits, bowling, on an outdoor activity day and to a trampolining centre and much more