Information Technology

In a world where Information Technology (IT) is constantly changing, individuals increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. The impact of IT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who understand these new technologies. The Information Technology course encourages students to become effective and discerning users of IT. It helps them to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. Students learn about the structure and use of IT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, students gain an understanding of IT system life cycles and how these affect the workplace. They also learn about the wider impact of IT on society in general. At A level, students also study simple programming for the web relevant to their own use of IT.

Information Technology course

We offer a two-year course, leading to an A level qualification in Information Technology. Students will be following the new Cambridge International AS & A level Information Technology (9626). This can lead to an AS level or a full A level qualification after two years.

The new Information Technology A level includes a much greater emphasis on hands on creative skills such as video editing, sound editing, graphics design and animation; alongside theory aspects and standard use of databases and spreadsheets. Strong GCSE in Information Technology or Computer Science is desirable for entry.

The course is made up of four modules:

  • Module 1 Theory
  • Module 2 Practical
  • Module 3 Advanced Theory
  • Module 4 Advanced Practical

The Computer Science and Information Technology department is housed in its own well- equipped computer suite. Students have access to the latest industry standard hardware and software to enhance their creativity.

Progression
Cambridge International A Level Information Technology provides a suitable foundation for the study of IT or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in IT, or as part of a course of general education. Cambridge International AS Level Information Technology is the first half of Cambridge International A Level Information Technology. Depending on university entrance requirements, the qualification may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Information Technology or other subjects.

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