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ICT A-Level at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

This course is designed to help students who wish to go on to Higher Education courses or employment where understanding how ICT can be used in society and business, and the implications of its use, will be a valuable asset.

Amongst many benefits, the course is designed to encourage students to:

  • Work co-operatively and manage projects
  • Develop personal learning and thinking skills
  • Provide quality ICT-Based solutions to a range of problems
  • Develop an awareness of developments in technology

Course content

Year 12 Content

 

Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

The first unit, Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World, allows students to gain practical experience of using a wide range of hardware, software and communication technologies in a structured way so that they can apply transferable skills, knowledge and understanding gained to the solution of problems. 

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World

Living in the Digital World is the second unit studied and is designed to give students more perspective into the ICT world in which they live.  They will study the wider picture and the use of ICT to enable the understanding of basic terms and concepts involved in the study of the subject. Students will then be able to discuss and comment on issues from a position of knowledge and understanding of ICT.

Year 13 Content

The first A2 module looks at the fast changing subject of ICT including Developments in Technology and ICT System Capabilities, and how this might affect the world that makes use of ICT.  The content is designed to address issues associated with the management of ICT and its use within organisations. 

The final module, Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World, is the coursework module.  Students must produce a project report based on their practical work/investigation.  The module provides candidates with the opportunity to complete a project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time, in order to demonstrate their practical skills.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in ICT and English Language GCSE. 

Successful completion of AS ICT with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 ICT.

Assessment

Unit 1 is a written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the total AS mark and 25% of the total A Level mark.  There are two sections, one comprising short answer questions, the second comprising more structured questions requiring discursive answers.  All questions are compulsory. It is externally marked.

Unit 2 is a written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the total AS mark and 25% of the total A Level mark.  There are two sections, one comprising short answer questions, the second comprising more structured questions requiring discursive answers.  All questions are compulsory. It is externally marked.

For Unit 3, candidates are provided with pre-release material.  It is a written examination lasting 2 hours and is worth 60% of the total A2 mark and 30% of the total A Level mark.  The examination is made up of structured questions based on the pre-release material and questions requiring extended prose answers.

For Unit 4, candidates must produce a report based upon their practical work/investigation.  The report will be internally marked and externally moderated.  Unit 4 is worth 40% of the total A2 mark and 20% of the total A Level mark

Future opportunities

A Level ICT gives access to Higher Education/degree courses in Information Technology and is recognised as a starting point for a career in several areas of computing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

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