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ICT A-Level *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

Introducing AQA’s new course specification for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for AS and A Level. This new specification has been designed to develop:

  • Problem-solving skills through the application of ICT in the digital world
  • The ability to analyse, appraise and make critical judgements about the use of ICT systems
  • An understanding of the nature of information, its structure, application and implications of its use
  • An awareness of the role of information technology in the management, manipulation and dissemination of information
  • A broad, balanced view of the range of applications and information systems, and an understanding of their capabilities and limitations, and implications for their use
  • An understanding of the role of people, technology and systems in organisations
  • An awareness of the economic, social and ethical implications of the use of information systems.

Course content

Syllabus Content
Students take the first two units in the Lower Sixth form. Those following the A2 course complete the remaining two in the Upper Sixth form.

Unit 1 – Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 50% of total AS, 25% of total A level marks.

Questions paper/answer booklet examination. Externally marked by AQA.

Section A: short answer questions; Section B: 3 or more structured questions requiring discursive answers. All questions are compulsory.

Unit 2 – Living in the Digital World
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weighting: 50% of total AS, 25% of total A level marks.

Questions paper/answer booklet examination. Externally marked by AQA.

Section A: short answer questions; Section B: 3 or more structured questions requiring discursive answers. All questions are compulsory.

Entry requirements

Pre-Course Requirements
Students who wish to study ICT at advanced levels should realise that it is an academically rigorous subject that builds on and extends the work they did in the fifth form.
To this end prospective students must have gained a minimum B grade in GCSE ICT and be willing to spend time learning new software in order to be able to successfully complete the course requirements.

Assessment

Examinations
The examination papers are generally taken at the end of each year, however some candidates may wish to re-sit some papers in the January of their upper sixth year. The contribution of the papers to the overall A level is shown in the table opposite. Module 1 is a practical unit which allows the pupils to demonstrate their skills and then sit an external examination related to their solution.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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