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A Level ICT at Spalding Grammar School

Course description

Subject Content

AS outline

Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World (inc. Excel coursework)

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.

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World

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

A2 Outline

Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World

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

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

A major project to be completed by all pupils which covers 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.

For a full breakdown of the unit topics and assessment requirements, visit

http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/pdf/AQA-2520-W-SP.PDF

Tuition takes the form of pupil-led presentations, teacher-led presentations and group work.

Entry requirements

For students wishing to take an Advanced Level course where they have taken the subject at GCSE, a grade B in the subject at GCSE is generally expected. Students with a grade C in the subject, may in exceptional circumstances be allowed to continue onto the AdvancedLevel course provided they have the strong support of their current teachers.

Future opportunities

In today’s workplace, those with knowledge and skills in computing have the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers and to be instrumental in the conceptionof computer systems that increasingly shape work and leisure activities.

It is envisaged that students will utilise the skills andknowledge of computing in one of three ways. Firstly, to provide a general understanding of the use of computer technology and systems, which will inform their decisionsand support their participation in an increasingly technologically dependent society. Secondly, to providethe necessary skills and knowledge to seek employmentin areas that utilise computing, where they may develop their skills and knowledge further through practical experience and training. Thirdly, students may choose to continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of computing through entry to higher education, where this qualification will provide a useful foundation for further study of computing

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Spalding Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 06 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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