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.
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:
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.
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.
Imran is an enthusiastic Computer Scientist who is very keen to learn new aspects of technology and use them to support learning. He is an outstanding educator with many years of experience. He has worked as a Head of Computer Science and ICT department in a successful secondary school in Buckinghamshire prior to joining Brampton College. He also worked for Oxford Cambridge and RSA exam board as A level coursework moderator for five years. Imran holds a degree in Software Engineering and a degree in Mathematics & Physics alongside many industry recognised professional qualifications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading fiction books and learn new technology tools for web design and graphic design. He is a father of three young children and loves playing badminton.
Before joining the teaching profession, Paul Conyers worked in aerospace and the computing industry and then the City for several decades mostly in the fields of quantitative finance and risk management. He trained at the Institute of Education and worked at several schools in London, before joining Brampton College. Paul holds degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Computing.
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