In every contemporary career and area of academic study, the effective use and implicit understanding of digital technology is a fundamental requirement for success. The analysis of information and accompanying decision making determine the success or failure of different enterprises. On this course you will develop practical skills and working knowledge of the systems available and how to use them effectively.
Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above, or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and maybe more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.
Studying this course will help you to develop excellent communication, project management and trouble shooting skills. This will include considering the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations, the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information and how businesses use social media to promote their products and services.
There are four units of study, 3 are mandatory and 1 optional. Two of the mandatory units consist of externally assessed examinations. The remaining units are assessed through assignments. Grades are classed as 'Pass', 'Merit' or 'Distinction' or 'Distinction *'.
Enrichment and Work Experience
There is an expectation to complete a minimum of one week work placement during your course, usually in the summer term. You will be proactive in finding a placement that will enable you to use your skills and to enrich your experience so that any applications for university or employment will show that you have good practical, as well as good academic levels of achievement. Enrichment includes computer gaming and practical computer maintenance.
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 BBCs “Click” programme and different websites such as “Extreme Tech” and Google’s “Wired”.
Links with other subjects:
Law, Psychology, Business, Accounting, and Graphic Design, Media and Music Technology.
Future Career Opportunities
Many students progress to degree courses including information technology, media communications, business studies, communication and computer systems and electronic communication systems. Career opportunities include website design, computer graphics, training and technical support.
Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?
We provide an excellent learning experience. You will learn new skills that turn you from a novice into an expert user of computer software. You will be guided to achieve excellent results and you will be helped to think outside the box. Your skills will benefit your future in terms of enhancing your capacity to study and present information as well as develop your career.