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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.

Why study Business?

Business is a fast-moving subject based in the real world. You will learn about the different job roles and potential careers available to you in the business world, as well as developing your own skills.

You will have the opportunity to develop your written and verbal communications skills as well as presentation, organisation skills and confidence. All of which will help you prepare for a move onto either a level 2 course or an apprenticeship.

What can it lead to?

ICT & Business 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

Studying Business will provide you with a range of job opportunities available, from finance to marketing and management.

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

Over the years a significant number of our Level 1 students have progressed onto Level 2 and then Level 3 ICT/Business before progressing into employment or university. With hard work and enthusiasm, this Level 1 course is just the start and should lead onto more exciting opportunities for all our students.

How is the course organised?

Awarding Board: Edexcel​

Core Units

Unit A1: Being Organised

Unit A2: Developing a Personal Progression Plan

Unit A3: Working with Others

Unit A4: Researching a Topic

Carousel Unit

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

Business Specific Units

B6: Organising a Meeting

B7: Branding a product

B9: Presenting a Business idea

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:

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.

For further information, contact Mr Petropoulos at ipe@stcharles.ac.uk for ICT, or Ms Sodiumu at oso@stcharles.ac.uk for Business Studies or alternatively, you can get information about this course directly from the Exam Board website: www.edexcel.org.uk.

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 

I have really enjoyed my time on this course and am looking forward to next year 

Meeting students who started off at level 1 like me and are now planning to go to university was really motivating. I want to come and talk to future groups of level 1 students and show them they can succeed too 

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