The option of Information and Creative Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for pupils to identify and solve real problems by designing information and creative systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. ICT develops pupils' interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative
thinking, creativity and independence. ICT skills are transferable into many career paths, which make this option an excellent choice.
ICT is a course that recognises the essential practical nature of the subject area. Pupils experience a range of practical activities from which a body of skills and knowledge will develop. Pupils will carry out a range of extended practical tasks using the application programs of Microsoft Office and Serif, while at the same time learning the theory-based aspects in the online world of ICT (such as hardware, operating systems and ICT legislation) that will feature in the written examination.
The qualification provides the skills, knowledge and understanding for level 2 pupils to progress to level 3 vocational qualifications, IT/Creative Media apprenticeships, academic qualifications such as A-Level ICT or employment within information technology and/or areas within the creative industries such as computer animations.
The course will appeal to those most who:
- Have a strong interest in ICT.
- Have good practical ICT skills and wish to build upon these.
- Can work independently (After skills and instruction, pupils are given an assignment brief and have to complete it without assistance).
- Plan to work with ICT in the future.