ICT A Level at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
The aims of the course are to:
1. Provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of ICT systems through practical experience in using a range of applications software in a structured way.
2. Give students the wider picture of the use of ICT and to enable the understanding of basic terms and concepts involved in the study of the subject.
3. Encourage students to consider the important issues involved in the use of ICT by themselves and by others.
4. Allow students to look at the fast changing subject of ICT, including developments in technology and ICT system capabilities, and how this might affect the world that makes use of ICT.
5. Address issues associated with the management of ICT and its use within organisations.
6. Provide students with the opportunity to complete a substantial project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time.
Unit 1 - 50% of AS Level; 25% of A Level - 1 hr. 30 mins. examination.
Unit 2 -50% of AS Level; 25% of A Level - 1 hr. 30 mins. examination.
Unit 3 - 30% of A Level - 2 hour examination.
Unit 4 - 20% of A Level Coursework project report, marked by centre and moderated by AQA.
Grade C GCSEs in English and Maths, together with a keen interest in practical work using software packages such as spreadsheets and databases.
You do not need to have studied GCSE ICT to take this course; however, if you have some previous ICT experience, then this is likely to give you an advantage.
From a practical point of view, ICT A Level is different from Computing A Level in that ICT uses existing software packages (such as the Microsoft Office Suite - word processor, database, spreadsheet, etc.) whereas A Level Computing does not; instead, in Computing you write your own software by learning to program.
ICT goes well with subjects like Business Studies because ICT systems are studied in the context of businesses, such as manufacturing industries and banking.
The practical coursework, done on a computer, will assess your practical skills in ICT. The written exam papers will assess your knowledge and understanding of ICT systems, the uses of ICT in businesses and new developments in ICT. Some answers will require extended writing, so you should be prepared to write longer, essay type answers for some of the questions on the written papers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clitheroe Royal Grammar School directly.