GCSE ICT (CCEA)
This course is concerned with the handling of information like text, numbers and graphics, sounds and involves creating, accessing, storing, organising, processing, presenting, communicating and transmitting information in a variety of electronic forms.
The course includes three units as follows:
Unit 1 (Tools and Applications) is a controlled assessment unit which is worth 30% of the overall GCSE qualification.
The tasks involve:
Information Handling Package; and
Unit 2 (Using Multimedia and Games Technology) is a controlled assessment unit which is worth 30% of the overall GCSE qualification. The tasks involve:
Using Digital Video and Sound;
Games Technology; and
Using Multimedia Assets.
Unit 3 (Understanding ICT Systems) is a written examination and is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification. This unit covers:
Knowledge of ICT Components;
Data and Information;
Digital Communications Methods; and
Applications of ICT.
AS/A2 Applied ICT (CCEA)
The GCE AS Applied ICT course consists of three units. Two coursework units are assessed through the presentation of a portfolio of work. Unit 1 requires students to produce a report for management that explains the nature, importance and use of information in a business organisation. Unit 3 requires students to submit a report and a PowerPoint presentation based on a case study. The remaining unit (unit 2) is assessed by a 2½ hours computer-based examination.
The GCE A2 Applied ICT course also consists of three units. Two coursework units are assessed through the presentation of a portfolio of work. Unit 8 requires students to produce a database application. Unit 9 requires students to produce a website. The remaining unit (unit 7) is assessed through a 2 hour question paper based on a case study.
There are approximately fourteen thousand people in Northern Ireland working in IT roles in over eight hundred IT businesses and other sectors of the economy such as the public sector, finance, and manufacturing. The IT industry in Northern Ireland is forecast to grow at 2.4% per year from 2006-2021, over 3 times the rate of overall employment in Northern Ireland.
There is a huge range of careers to choose from ranging from IT support and service technician roles, to Software and Systems Development, Web design, Business Analysis, and Consultancy and Management.
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Miss A Hall
Subject Leader of ICT