Digital technology and communication systems are at the centre of the world’s business processes and increasingly relevant to our personal lives. Technology has reshaped in a major way how people communicate, consume information, shop, socialise and work. It supports strategic planning at international levels as well as in commerce and at a personal level. Good information helps us to make sound decisions and this course will enable you to develop your knowledge and practical ability to use emerging technologies highly efficiently.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will be expected to have GCSE grade 4 in English Language and a minimum of grade 3 in Mathematics.
You will study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations. Building on this knowledge, you will design, create, test and evaluate various systems in order to analyse information to identify trends and guide your planning effectively. Social media and web development will feature in your studies and your ability to use a range of software applications will develop to a professional level.
There are 13 units of study, of which seven are mandatory and six optional. Two of the mandatory units are assessed through external written examination. The remaining units are internally assessed through assignments. Grades are classed as 'Pass', 'Merit' or 'Distinction' or 'Distinction *'.
Enrichment and Work Experience
There is the opportunity to undertake work experience in the second year of the course. Our most capable students will do an extensive placement of 350 hours or 50 days of work experience.
All other students will undertake a minimum of one week of work placement as part of the course. Building on our links with industry, you will go on trips to well-known technology organisations and you will be invited to attend various technology trade exhibitions.
All IT students will be required to do additional reading to develop an awareness of emerging technologies. This can be achieved through internet research and reviewing technology broadcasts such as the BBC's "Click" programme and different websites such as Extreme Tech and Google's 'Wired'.
Future Career Opportunities
Students progress to degree courses including information technology, media communications, business studies and communication systems. Career opportunities include website design, computer graphics, training and technical support, computer gaming, marketing and digital media.
Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?
You will be taught by experienced teachers who have worked professionally in the ICT and computing industry. You will use industry standard software and be given time and individual support to develop your skills and expertise. You will work on assignments and tasks individually and you will also be encouraged to develop themes with like-minded individuals on group projects. The majority of students from this course progress to undergraduate studies in a wide range of IT related careers.