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ICT A - Level

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Communication Technology                                            I.C.T.
Teaching Style:
Throughout both the AS and A2 course you will cover the
syllabus using a number of activities:
                                                                   A - Level
•   Practical ICT skills
•   Lesson notes and handouts - to explain the theory
•   Textbook - to support the work covered in lesson.
•   Past Papers - to learn exam technique needed to meet
    your target grades
•   Internet - the school website has an ICT section, where
    you will find slideshows from lessons, revision guidance and
    links to useful sites such as revision sites, ICT news
    sections and revision podcasts.

What could I do next?
ICT is offered by universities either as a subject in its own
right or in combination with a wide range of subjects, for
IT & Psychology;
IT & Business;
                                                                   I.C.T. affects the
IT & Multimedia.
                                                                   way we work & live
The advanced skills you will develop will also be valuable in
gaining many types of employment.
       What is I.C.T?                                                Why choose I.C.T?
                                                                 There is no specific requirement for prior learning,
If you are interested in the ever-changing world of the IT       although many students will have already gained a
industry, then this course can develop your skills to seek       knowledge and understanding of ICT through a variety of
work in a wide range of careers.                                 GCSE studies.

Studying ICT at The Ashcombe, you will use a range of            A Level ICT encourages students to acquire a range of
software applications and study a variety of topics. Our         important and transferable skills:
course will develop your practical computer skills, as well as   •    The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively,
an understanding of how ICT is used in industry and                   analytically, logically and critically;
commerce.                                                        •    The skills to work collaboratively;
                                                                 •    The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding
Few occupations or workplaces do not make use of
                                                                      of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems;
Information and Communication Technology today and most
                                                                 •    An understanding of the consequences of using ICT on
are likely to change further as ICT becomes more
                                                                      individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal,
pervasive. The old saying ‘Time is Money’ has been replaced
                                                                      ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT;
by ‘Information is Money’. Growth in the various
information and communication industries will continue,          •    An awareness of emerging technologies and an
giving many opportunities directly and indirectly to your             appreciation of the potential impact these may have on
generation.                                                           individuals, organisations and society.

You will benefit from better understanding of how                What is the difference between ICT and Computing?
information can be gathered, stored, controlled,                 The practical element of the ICT course involves the use of
communicated and manipulated by the use of Technology.           application software such as spreadsheets and databases
                                                                 whereas Computing involves the use of programming languages
 I.C.T. is ideal for students                                    such as Visual Basic and Prolog. ICT theory covers the
                                                                 applications of ICT and its effect on society. Computing
   interested in technology                                      theory covers the way computers and programs work. ICT
                                                                 provides more of a users perspective to technology, whilst
 without taking the lid off!                                     Computing is approached from a developers perspective.

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