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ICT AS and A level at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

This course encourages you to become discerning users of ICT. It focuses on units that contribute to improving and deepening your personal understanding and knowledge of use of ICT.  It allows you to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding.  

Course content

The AS GCE is made up of two mandatory units, which form 50% of the corresponding four-unit Advanced GCE.  AS Unit G061 is externally assessed and AS Unit G062 is internally assessed through coursework 

The Advanced GCE is made up of two mandatory units at AS and two further units at A2. Of the A2 units, G063 is externally assessed and G064 is internally assessed through coursework.

G061: Information, Systems and Applications (External)  Topics covered in this unit:

  • Data, information, knowledge and processing; 
  • Software and hardware components of an information system; 
  • Characteristics of standard applications software and application areas 
  • Spreadsheet concepts. 
  • Applications software used for presentation and communication of data 
  • The role and impact of ICT - legal, moral and social issues.

G062: Structured ICT Tasks (Coursework).  Candidates have the opportunity to explore design, software development, testing and documentation.

A2 Level

G063: ICT Systems, Applications and Implications.  In this unit candidates gain an understanding of

  • the systems cycle;
  • designing computer-based information systems;
  • networks and communication;
  • applications of ICT;
  • implementing computer-based information systems 
  • implications of ICT.

G064: ICT Project (Coursework).  Candidates explore definition, investigation and analysis; design; software development, testing and implementation; documentation and evaluation.

Entry requirements

A Distinction in OCR Nationals, level 2 or a B or higher in an ICT GCSE is required and at least a B in English Language and Maths.  Progression from AS to A2 subject to achieving at minimum grade of a D at AS level. 

A Level ICT is demanding and challenging: it is also enjoyable and stimulating, providing a real sense of achievement.  It will encourage you to develop your capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.  However, you will only achieve success if you are willing to commit yourself to your studies and to take responsibility for your learning, including several hours each week of independent study. We will assist you in the construction of a Revision Folder: it is then up to you to use your folder regularly (not just at exam time!) to stay on top of the work and to ease your transition to new, but related work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbrook Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September