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Course Description

The WJEC Level 1/2  Vocational Award in IT is an exciting and engaging course. The course is a vocational qualification aimed at students with an interest in IT, where you will gain skills which will be applicable in most industries.

This course will assess the application of IT skills through practical use. It will provide students with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being. This course will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the IT sector.

Students will use a range of software throughout the course such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Adobe Photoshop.

Assessment Structure

1 Internal Portfolio (Externally moderated) and 1 External examination

Assessments will consist of both an external examination and an internal assessments through a teacher-assessed portfolio, that will be externally moderated by the examining body. To complete the course, students must be successful in meeting all the requirements of the assessments. Candidates who fail to achieve the standard for a grade will be awarded an Ungraded.

Special Features

IT is a key part of many areas of our everyday lives and vital to the UK economy. The specification allows:

· Students to explore a wide range of uses of hardware, application and specialist software in society. They will investigate how information technology is used in a range of contexts, including business and organisations, education and home use of information technology.

· Students to develop a working knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, automated documents and images where they will apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems in a vocational setting.

In a relaxed but mature atmosphere, students will be taught the concepts of ICT in various ways through teacher-led activities, self-study and using their own experiences to master concepts they find difficult.  The course is very practical in nature and students will have to apply the concepts they learn to produce a working solution to a given problem.