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ICT AS/A2 at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College

Course description

AQA ICT allows students to study a range of different skills and concepts across the ICT spectrum. This course 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.

 

The course aims to:

  • Allow greater opportunities for practical work, with students being able to access a wide range of software and hardware.
  • Make students become truly engaged in their studies by becoming active investigators rather than passive learners.
  • Provide students with greater opportunities for effective personalised learning, for target setting and for differentiated outcomes.
  • Allow students to understand the core concepts of ICT across a range of theoretical and practical topics.

Course content

Specification and Units of Study Year 12:

A/S

INF01 Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

Externally Assessed Examination (100 marks)

This unit provides 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.

 

INF02 Living in the Digital World

Externally Assessed

Examination (100 marks)

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.

Specification and Units of Study Year 13:

INF03 The use of ICT in the Digital World

Externally Assessed Examination

(120 marks)

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.

Assessment: Examination.

INF04 Coursework Practical Issues involved in the use of ICT in the Digital World

Internally assessed

Portfolio (80 marks)

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.

 

 

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of a merit from the OCR National ICT qualification or a grade B in GCSE ICT or equivalent. Students will require a minimum of a Grade B in English. Students may opt for A level ICT without having completed a KS4 ICT course and these students will be considered for entry to the course based on their individual merits.

 

Assessment

Please refer to course content above.

Financial information

Course materials are supplied.  An internet connected home computer is desirable as is an office suite of software (open source software would be suitable for most of the work involved).
The college allows access to the network via an external connection.

Future opportunities

With IT employment increasing at five times the rate of the UK average, a further 500,000 new skilled IT professionals will be needed in the next five years.  As well as degree level courses there are more practical courses available.

Further information

This exciting new specification 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.

The key points of this specification are that:

•  it allows greater  opportunities for practical work than previous specifications

•  practical work can be carried out using a wide range of software and hardware  of a centre’s choice

•  it allows for greater  flexibility in modes of delivery

•   students can be truly engaged in their studies  by becoming active investigators  rather than passive learners

•  there are greater  opportunities than in previous specifications  for effective personalised learning, for target setting and for differentiated outcomes

•  it builds on, rather than replicates,  students’ functional ICT skills.

The specification has been  developed for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work, where understanding how ICT can be used  in society and organisations, and the implications of its use, will be a valuable asset.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 11 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year for AS and one year for A2
  • Course code: AS – 1521, A2 - 2521

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