AS/A2 ICT

Course Details

Few occupations or workplaces do not make use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) today and most are likely to change further as ICT becomes more pervasive. The old saying ‘Time is Money’ has been replaced by ‘Information is Money’.

This exciting course will teach you about ICT with an emphasis on developing ICT solutions within a business environment. With a greater emphasis on practical work you will, you will actively  investigate problems and provide solutions for them using the knowledge you will gain of the theory of ICT. The course also extends the students’ understanding of the effects and limitations of ICT and will provide insight into the new opportunities it can create within organisation and society. The study of ICT will keep students up to date with the latest developments in the world today. 

What qualifications do I need to study on the course?

It is not necessary to have any  additional qualifications to the  minimum requirements for 6th form entry. But many students will have  already gained a knowledge and  understanding of ICT through GCSE/ DiDA/ CiDA.

What will I study?

A Level ICT encourages students to acquire a range of important and   transferable skills:

  • The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems;
  • An understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT;
  • An awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact   these may have on individuals, organisations and society.
  • The skills to work collaboratively;

 

Course Contents and Assessment

AS Units

Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World.

  • 1½ hours written exam
  • 50% of the total AS marks
  • 25% of the total A-level


Unit 2:
Living in the Digital World

  • 1½ hours written exam.
  • 50% of the total AS marks
  • 25% of the total A-level marks

 

A2 Units:

Unit 3: The use of ICT in the   Digital World,

  • 2 hours written exam
  • 30% of the total A-level marks

 

Unit 4: Coursework: Practical Issues involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World

  • Practical Coursework
  • 20% of the total A-level marks