Information and Communication Technology at Yavneh College
Exam Body: OCR
A-Level ICT is split into four units – units 1 and 2 are studied at AS level and units 3 and 4 are studied at A2 level. AS and A2 both consist of one theory and one practical module. The new specification has been updated to accommodate the fast-moving nature of ICT in both the business and wider world.
Unit 1: Information, Systems and Applications
This unit focuses on the fundamental knowledge required to support all subsequent units. Topics covered are: data; information; knowledge and processing; software and hardware components of an information system; characteristics of standard applications software and application areas; spreadsheet concepts; relational database concepts; applications software used for presentation and communication of data; the role and impact of ICT.
Unit 2: Structured ICT Tasks
This is a coursework unit, designed to use structured ICT tasks to test students‘ practical skills in design, software development, testing and documentation. Tasks may involve: the design of part of a system; the production of a testing strategy; the use of software for development; the production of user documentation to show the user how to use the system; the production of technical documentation to show how the system was developed.
Unit 3: ICT Systems, Applications and Implications
This unit covers communications between computers and interactions between humans and computers. The convergence of communications technology and information technology and their impact on society, commerce and industry is an integral part of the module. The following topics are studied: the systems cycle; designing computer-based information systems; networks and communications; applications of ICT; implementing computer-based information systems; implications of ICT.
Unit 4: ICT Coursework Project
This project allows students to develop their knowledge and understanding of ICT systems and how they are created. It is a substantial piece of work requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, organised, evaluated and presented in a report. Students choose, in conjunction with a real end-user, a well-defined client-driven problem that enables them to demonstrate their ability to: analyse a problem; design a solution to the problem; develop the software solution; test the solution against the requirements specification; document the solution; evaluate the solution; work with another person/people to successfully complete the above steps.
Students must have achieved at least a B grade in either ICT, BACS or Business Studies or can satisfy the HOD of appropriate knowledge and ability in an interview.
The course is assessed through a combination of coursework (40%) and written examinations (60%), at both AS and A2 Levels.
A-Level ICT suits individuals who think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically; enjoy using different ICT skills to work collaboratively; enjoy using ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems; are interested in learning about the consequences ICT use on individuals, organisations and society; are interested in social, legal, ethical aspects of the use of ICT; have an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society. It provides a suitable basis for careers in e-commerce, business management, systems design/analysis, programming and web development.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Yavneh College directly.