This Advanced Level course will develop:
- Problem-solving skills through the practical application of ICT skills such as manipulating spreadsheets and databases
- The ability to analyse, appraise and make critical judgements about the use of information and communication technology systems in organisations
- An understanding of the consequences of using ICT for individuals, organisations and society
- A knowledge of the social, legal and ethical considerations about the use of ICT
- Interpersonal skills necessary for communicating with others
What will I study?
- The nature of information, its structure, application and the implications of its use
- The role of information technology in the management, manipulation and dissemination of information
- Applications and information systems, their capabilities and limitations, and the implications for their use
- The role of people, technology and systems in organisations
- The consequences of using ICT and future developments within the field
How will I be assessed?
INFO1 - Exam based on practical work: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World; eg analysing and designing an invoice for a small business that can be tested and evaluated
INFO2 - Exam: Living in the Digital World; eg how users interact with ICT systems and ICT legislation
INFO3 - Exam based on pre-release material: The Use of ICT in the Digital World; eg user support and managing ICT in organisations
INFO4 - Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World; eg Producing and documenting a system that manages all communications with customers of a business
You should have good verbal/numerical/written skills with an ability to think logically, creatively and critically. ICT or BCS should have been studied to GCSE. You will have an interest in computing and motivation for background reading.
How will I study?
From textbooks, by reading current newspaper and magazine articles, watching relevant television programmes, internet research, discussion groups, teacher-led activities, peer mentoring and practical independent study. Using industry standard software and visiting workplaces which use computers as the basis of their success.
Where will it lead?
This is a task driven approach to problem solving and decision making that relies on the effective use of ICT systems. It enhances your role as a communicator and adviser; it extends your understanding of the effects and limitations of ICT and of the opportunities it provides within organisations and society. The ability to effectively manipulate ICT is highly desirable, if not essential, in our ever-changing world. This course will be useful for all career paths as computers are used in all areas of working life.
"In the Sixth Form I have enjoyed having personal study sessions and feeling more independent than lower down the school. The lessons in the Sixth Form are a lot more structured so I feel like I am getting the best out of all my classes. I also enjoy a more relaxed approach in lessons."