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The future!

At Westonbirt we believe that ICT is an integral component of your education. Whilst used to support other subject areas, ICT is very relevant in today’s society as a subject in its own right. Understanding the theory behind ICT will aid your development of all the skills and techniques you will need in the future. The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society. ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems.

Year 12

At AS, the two units are complementary and are concerned with applying ICT to solve problems and the study of the opportunities for and effects of using ICT in the world today. Candidates will have the opportunity to put into practice a range of software and hardware to create solutions to solve problems.

Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

  • Practical use of ICT, identifying, designing, producing, testing, documenting and evaluating solutions
  • Data entry, storage, output of information, use of software, current health and safety legislation

Assessment: Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes, supported by a piece of coursework

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World

  • ICT systems, their components, uses, users, safety and security
  • Data and information, data transfer, backup and recovery

Assessment: Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes

Year 13

At A2, the two units are complementary and are concerned with the theory of ICT in the digital world and the practical issues surrounding ICT. Candidates will explore how ICT is used from the high-level organisational usage to the ground-level physical installation and implementation.

Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World

  • Future developments in technology, ICT systems, management of ICT
  • Developing ICT systems, introducing large ICT systems into organisations
  • Training and supporting users of ICT systems

Assessment: Written Paper: 2 hours

Unit 4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World

  • Investigating, analysing, defining requirements
  • Selecting and using appropriate technologies and designing solutions
  • Creating a piece of bespoke software for an individual or an organisation
  • Methods for testing and installation, documenting and evaluating

Assessment: Creation of a piece of software and the associated project report

Why choose ICT?

Information and Communication Technology has become a vitally important part of business, academic and industrial life. This course takes you through the main ideas of ICT but allows you to choose your own areas of specialisation by means of the practical work and projects. Do you enjoy working with computers and technology? Do you want to find out more about the ICT "revolution" and how it has affected businesses, organisations and the lives of individuals? If so, ICT is the course for you. It can be an exciting career choice. From developing software and web sites, to creating multimedia or graphics, to handling data and modelling financial situations, there is a career in ICT for any of us.

Mr Duncan Thompson
Head of Digital Learning and Computing

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