The course allows greater opportunities for the students to experience ‘real-world’ use of IT. The specification has been developed for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work, where understanding how IT can be used in society and organisations will be a valuable asset.
Year 12 is comprised of 2 units, one assessed internally and one assessed externally. The first unit provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the use of social media by businesses to raise awareness of their brand and promote their products and services. In the second unit the students will develop a database system for a given scenario. They will focus on database principles such as normalisation, data types and querying the data to produce reports that will enable a business to make informed decisions.
In Year 13 the course will include 2 more units, 1 assessed internally and the other being a written paper that focuses on the use of IT in the world of work. By the end of the 2 year programme the students will have a balanced set of skills and knowledge of the IT industry to enable them progress further in their chosen area of specialisation.
You are required to have a Level 2 Merit grade in a Level 2 ICT qualification. This course demands a considerable amount of essay style writing and therefore a grade 4 in GCSE English language or English Literature and Level 4 Maths
This course is a valuable introduction into the practical use of software and apps for the work place for students that maybe are thinking about college or an apprenticeship after finishing the course. This course also carries UCAS points for university entry (up to A* at A Level) and will serve as a good start point for first year at university with much of the content covered by this course being directly applicable to an IT based degree.