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ICT

What are the aims of the course?
At AS, the units are complementary and are concerned with applying ICT to solve problems with a focus towards using ICT in the modern world. Candidates will have the opportunity to use a wide range of software and hardware to create solutions to problems.

At A2, students will study the concepts associated with the use of ICT in the 21st century. They will also have opportunities for acquiring the skills needed in the IT profession such as co-operative working and project management.

What does it involve?
The course is modular, there are two units in each year:

  • AS
    • Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
    • Unit 2: Living in the Digital World
  • A2
    • Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World
    • Unit 4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World

How is it assessed?
AS
Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
Topic list

  • Practical use of ICT, identifying, designing, producing, testing, documenting and evaluating solutions
  • Data entry, storage, output of information, use of software, current health and safety legislation.

Assessment:
Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes
Weighting: 50% of total AS
25% of total A Level marks

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World
Topic list

  • ICT systems, their components, uses, users, safety and security
  • Data and information, data transfer, backup and recovery.

Assessment
Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes
Weighting: 50% of total AS
25% of total A Level marks

A2
Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World
Topic list

  • Developments in technology, information needs of organisations, ICT systems, management of ICT
  • Developing ICT systems, introducing large ICT systems into organizations
  • Training and supporting users of ICT systems.

Assessment
Written Paper: 2 hours
Weighting: 60% of total A2
30% of total A Level marks

Unit 4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World
Topic list

  • Practical issues involved in managing the use of ICT in organisations
  • Investigating, analysing, defining requirements
  • Selecting and using appropriate technologies, designing solutions, methods for testing and installation, documenting and evaluating.

Coursework
Weighting: 40% of total A2 marks
20% of total A Level marks

Are there any specific entry requirements?
It is necessary that students have a C grade in GCSE ICT.

Why is it a useful qualification?
This qualification will help students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where understanding of how ICT can be used in society and business, and the implications of its use, will be a valuable asset.

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