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Applied ICT AS A2 at The Duston School

Course description

These new broad based one or two year awards provide significantly more vocational type work than current VCEs and are designed to provide vocational alternatives to AS GCE and AS GCE ICT and AS GCE and A2 GCE Computing. They also provide better progression from GCSE Applied ICT and DiDA courses. Using work related contexts, innovative teaching and assessment methods, these new awards offer a broad introduction to this vocational area. These awards are designed to provide a progression route to higher education and further training for employment.

Course content

The course is assessed by a portfolio of work based on units 1 and 3, and an external assessment based on unit 2 for AS single award. A further compulsory module and 2 optional units will be assessed for your A2 GCE single award.

Unit 1

You will use your presentation knowledge and skills to create a portfolio of different communications, including a presentation on different methods of communicating information and the technologies that support them. You will also compare a collection of standard documents used by organisations. The communications you create and compare need to have sufficient content to enable you to fully demonstrate your presentation knowledge and skills.

Unit 2

You will study how organisations (including at least one large organisation) collect, disseminate and use information, how they manage the flow of information between sections or departments and the way they use ICT to access and exchange information. The unit will be assessed through an external assessment. The mark on that assessment will be the mark for the unit.

Unit 3

The World Wide Web allows individuals to access information on almost any topic imaginable.

This access to information has had a fundamental effect on society and the way individuals live their lives. this unit is assessed through your portfolio work. The mark on that assessment will be your mark for the unit. You will produce a presentation of the results of an investigation, including the use of a spreadsheet to analyse numeric data, along with a report on the sources and methods used to find information.

A2

In addition to the 3 compulsory courses for the AS level, a further 3 units of work will be undertaken in year 13.

Unit 4

This unit is assessed through your portfolio work. The mark on that assessment will be your mark for the unit. You will produce a specification for an ICT system to meet the needs of a given user, together with a working system on which you have installed and configured software to meet a user`s needs, and recommendations for ensuring safety and security, and an explanation of the basics of software development.

Units 5 and 6

These will be optional units to be decided, chosen from a range of units of work offered by the board.

Entry requirements

There is no prior knowledge required for this specification.  Prior study of the GCSE in ICT or Applied ICT may be of benefit to some candidates, but is not mandatory.  Prior study of the foundation and / or Intermediate GNVQ in Information and Communication Technology may be of some benefit to students but is not mandatory.

Assessment

The course is assessed by a portfolio of work based on units 1 and 3, and an external assessment based on unit 2 for AS single award. A further compulsory module and 2 optional units will be assessed for your A2 GCE single award.

Future opportunities

The Award leads to Further and Higher Education:

  • Colleges and Universities recognise the qualification
  • Further study of ICT/Computing at higher level

The computer industry is now a very large employer with a wide range of jobs from the very technical to human resources. Specific ICT related jobs:

  • Web design
  • Programming
  • Systems analysis
  • Computer/useer support industry
  • etc. etc.

Also an increasing number of jobs now require a good level of IT/ICT skills as a requirement.

Further information

These courses are not intended to need extensive computer programming by the students. It is possible that the students may use simple programming in for such tasks as writing macros etc. but it is not a requirement of the course that they should do so.

For further details please contact Mrs J Mallett.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Duston School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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