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Information Technology A Level at Whitley Academy

Course description

The aims of Applied ICT are to encourage candidates to:
  • Develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT and to apply these, e.g. Planning, research, evaluation, problem solving in vocational contexts.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations and to develop an understanding of the impact of these on organisations’ personnel, policies and practices;
  • Develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and to adopt project management skills to apply this understanding.

Course content

This consists of three assessment units:

Unit G040 - Using ICT to communicate- Portfolio assessed internally
Unit G041 - How Organisations use ICT - Assessed externally
Unit G042 - ICT Solutions for individuals and society - Portfolio assessed internally

A2 Level has an additional three units from the following list:
Unit G048-Working to a Brief- Assessed externally
Unit G049 - Numerical Modelling, Using Speadsheets- Assessed internally
Unit G050 - Interactive Multimedia Products - Portfolio assessed internally
Unit G051 - Publishing - Portfolio assessed internally
Unit G051 - Publishing - Portfolio assessed internally
Unit G052 - Artwork and imaging - Portfolio assessed internally
Unit G053 - Developing and creating websites - Portfolio assessed internally.

Unit G048 is compulsory. A further two units from units 10 to 14

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C in Maths and English
A grade D or above at AS level to continue to A2

Assessment

For the advanced Subsidiary GCE: Two units will be assessed internally, through a teacher-assessed portfolio

One unit will be assessed externally with the assessment set and marked by OCR.
For the advanced GCE and additional: Two units will be assessed internally, through a teacher-assessed portfolio

One unit will be assessed externally with the assessment set by OCR, marked by the teacher and moderated by OCR.

All units will be equally sized and equally weighted. External assessments are 90 minutes and have pre-released case-study material which will be available to students
approximately six weeks prior to the examination dates.

Future opportunities

The GCE A-Level in Applied ICT qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management. You could also go on to work based training such as IT User/ Practitioner NVQs or vendor-specific qualifications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Whitley Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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