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Information & Communication Technology AS A2 at Thomas Becket Catholic School

Entry requirements

At least a C but preferably a B at GCSE ICT

Good levels of literacy and numeracy - grade C or above in English and Maths

Assessment

By means of a two hour written examination

Financial information

N/A

Future opportunities

ICT plays an essential supporting role in a huge range of industries and specialist careers might include; systems analysis, database management, project management and information science. It is also one of the core subjects that lead to degree-level.

Potential careers available from studying this subject


Programmer

Software developer

Web designer

Web developer

Database administrator

Database developer

Database designer

Project Manager

Systems Analyst

ICT Consultancy

Applications Engineer

Desktop Support Engineer

E-Learning Co-ordinator

Graphic Designer

Internet Developer

ICT Trainer

Network Engineer

Network Manager

Software Tester

Software Support

Support Engineer

Further information

AS Unit 1 Components of ICT

This unit is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of components of ICT.

The main areas of study are -


Data and Information

Hardware and software components Network Communication


Applications of ICT

Developing ICT applications


AS Unit 2 Developing ICT Solutions

This unit allows candidates to develop practical aspects of the subject and to apply their knowledge and understanding of ICT. Candidates will be expected to produce an ICT solution to task-related problems. The tasks will be self-contained problems with limited scope. The solutions will be implemented using advanced features of two standard generic application software packages, but the candidates are encouraged to use other software tools and objects as appropriate to complete their solutions.

This module is made up of:

A Data Processing Task

A Multimedia Task


Data Processing Skills to be Demonstrated

Data types and formats

Creating formulae and using functions

Creating and using queries

Data checking

Reports

Multimedia Skills to be Demonstrated

Creating pages and layouts

Using links

Creating media and collecting assets

Using media

Providing interaction and feedback

Design for accessibility


Assessment

Internal Assessment of the 2 compulsory tasks moderated externally

A2 Unit 1 Developing ICT Solutions

This unit is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of Information Systems,

It also acts as an extension to Unit AS 1: Components of ICT for those candidates progressing from AS Level.


Database systems

Networked systems

Software development

The User Interface

User support and training

Legal and professional issues

Implications of information systems


Assessment

Assessment is by means of a two hour written examination.

A2 Unit 2 Approaches to System Development

This unit will involve candidates producing a detailed project. The project will require candidates to identify and research a realistic problem for which there must be a real end user.

Candidates will select a problem to be solved and not a project to complete.

The problem should be of a substantial nature and should support the integration of the various skills and concepts developed during this course.

The solution will be implemented using appropriate generic applications.

To gain high marks, candidates will be expected to provide a detailed solution specification to a demanding problem. The solution should incorporate the use of a range of advanced software features and functionalities.

The problem should be of sufficient size and scope as to allow the candidate to demonstrate skills in all of the following areas:


analysing a system;

designing a solution;

implementing and testing the solution;


documenting the solution;

evaluating the solution.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Becket Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1 Year AS 1 Further Year A2

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