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Information Technology AS/A2 at Desborough College

Course description

AQA ICT brings the study of ICT up to date for the 21st century. It has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre.

Course Content

INFO1 – Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

This unit should provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of ICT systems through practical experience in using a range of applications software in a structured way. Students should then be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from this practical work to the solution of problems.

INFO2 –Living in the Digital World

This unit is designed to give students the wider picture of the use of ICT and to enable the understanding of basic terms and concepts involved in the study of the subject. Students should be able to discuss and comment on issues from a position of knowledge and they can do this only if they have the knowledge and understanding that underpins the subject. Students should be encouraged to consider the important issues involved in the use of ICT by themselves and by others. Students should also study the immediate effect on themselves and also the longer term effects on society and the world in general.

INFO3 – The Use of ICT in the Digital World

This unit 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. A range of organisations should be studied, including charities, clubs and societies, small, medium and large businesses, both national and multi-national public and private organisations. The number of people involved could range from one or two to many thousands. Each organisation will have the same ICT-related issues to consider on a scale appropriate to their own needs, for instance, the introduction and testing of ICT systems, the training and support needed for users of ICT systems, the outside organisations which affect the way the organisation runs its ICT.

INFO4 – Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World

This unit provides students with the opportunity to complete a substantial project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time. In so doing, students will enhance their transferable practical skills. The unit is designed to be taught alongside or after Unit 3 and topics covered in Unit 3 may provide the stimulus for work for this Unit 4.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C including English and Maths and at least a B grade in ICT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Desborough College directly.

Last updated date: 26 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years