A-Level ICT

Course Information

  • Course Code: 5223
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
  • Study Mode: Full time
Overview

Studying ICT helps students develop a broad range of skills and knowledge as a basis for progression into further learning. You will create knowledge and understanding of information systems within a range of organisations, build an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop project management skills and an understanding of the need to work with others. Students who study ICT usually progress onto higher education to study a related course or into business, economics and media.

What will I study?

n the first year, the applied nature of the course is reflected in that the majority of the assessment is through coursework, with ‘How organisations use ICT’ being the only externally examined module. You take two other modules in the first year, which will enable you to demonstrate a range of desktop/web publishing and spreadsheet/database skills. Students have selected their own ‘campaigns’ and have produced a range of fantastic work: two have been contacted as people thought their project work was ‘real.’ The second project is entitled ‘All About Me’ and the product of it should help inform university choice or further training options post-college.

In the second year the course provides you with the opportunity to develop more advanced project management, publishing and applied ICT skills. These skills are extremely important for those students who have a keen interest in progressing to university to study ICT or for those who would like to start their career in an ICT environment. Students have been working with working musicians and bands to develop websites and are also creating a range of publications for a furniture manufacturer aided through project management software.

Entry Requirements

 

 You will needs 5 x Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs.

 

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by coursework and written exam.

 

What can I do next?

The range of organisations employing graduates from Computing and ICT is extensive. Employers in retail, financial services, telecommunications, broadcast media, digital media, manufacturing, transport, tourism, the public sector and healthcare are all looking for graduates with knowledge in ICT. There is growth and demand in cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data.

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For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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