Information & Communication Technology AS A2 at Thomas Becket Catholic School
At least a C but preferably a B at GCSE ICTGood levels of literacy and numeracy - grade C or above in English and Maths
By means of a two hour written examination
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
Desktop Support Engineer
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
Multimedia Skills to be Demonstrated
Creating pages and layouts
Creating media and collecting assets
Providing interaction and feedback
Design for accessibility
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.
The User Interface
User support and training
Legal and professional issues
Implications of information systems
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.