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IT A-Level at St John Payne Catholic School

Course description

AS Units

Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

Courses based on this module should 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. Students can then apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from this practical work to the solution of problems.

Range of Software/Problems

Students are expected to make practical use of a range of applications software, hardware and communication technologies to address several different types of problem. The range of applications software used should cover the processing of text, images, numbers and sound.

Students should address several problems. These problems can be selected to meet the individual needs of learners. Examples of suitable solutions to problems could include several from the following:

  • an electronic photo album
  • a rolling multimedia presentation for a school open day
  • a website for a local nursery
  • organising a blog for a local councillor
  • producing invoices for a small business
  • organising a set of Podcasts for a teacher
  • an interactive multimedia display for a tourist information centre

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World 

Today’s students are living in a world where the use of ICT surrounds them and where they, and others, frequently take this use for granted.

It is increasingly important for future adults to be aware of the numerous issues arising from the use of ICT for individuals, society and organisations. The issues change rapidly and increasingly involve environmental and ethical ones.

Students should be asking questions such as:

  • why is ICT being used?
  • is it appropriate to use ICT?
  • what are the implications of its use for me now, and in the future?
  • how does a particular use of ICT affect society?

It is expected that students will study much of the content of this module through the investigation of examples of ICT use and the issues involved in these examples.

A2 Units

Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World

This module looks 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.

The content is designed to address issues associated with the management of ICT and its use within organisations. A range of organisations should be studied including charities, clubs and societies, small, medium and large businesses, both national and multi-national public and private organisations. The number of people involved could range from one or two to many thousands.

Each organisation will have the same ICT-related issues to consider on a scale appropriate to their own needs, for instance, the introduction and testing of ICT systems, the training and support needed for users of ICT systems, the outside organisations which affect the way the organisation runs its ICT.

It should be remembered when studying this module that ICT systems are there to support the activities of organisations and are essential in the modern world. It is expected that students will study much of the content of this module through the investigation of examples of the uses made of ICT by organisations. 

Unit 4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World

The unit is designed to be taught alongside or after Unit 3 and topics covered in Unit 3 may provide the stimulus for work for this unit but the student can explore new areas of ICT if they wish.

Possible projects Students may, for example, produce:

  • a software solution such as an e-commerce or multimedia system.
  • a training system including training materials for a client, this could, for example, be for a course for someone working from home.
  • a user support system such as for a user help desk in a company or school/college or a fault logging system.
  • a system for ensuring the security of an organisation’s ICT systems. An idea here would be to formulate a policy to specify appropriate use of a company or school/college’s laptop computers and other mobile devices or a database to record usage.
  • a system for communication within an organisation. For example, for how schools could use technology to communicate with students within the school or a communal diary system.
  • a system for evaluating new software to be purchased or for a new system to be installed, including hardware, software, communications, consumables and services.
  • a backup and recovery system and a disaster recovery plan for an organisation.
  • a system for managing relationships with customers.

More suggestions are given along with ideas on how to enable groups of students to work together.

 

Entry requirements

Please note the minimum requirement to study AS levels at our Sixth Form is a GCSE points score of 42 points from your best 8 GCSE results. We award 8 points for an A* grade, 7 points for a grade A, 6 points for a grade B, 5 points for a grade C, 4 points for a grade D, 3 points for a grade E, 2 points for a grade F and 1 point for a grade G.

 

Assessment

Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World INFO1 

Question 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.

  • Candidates must take into the examination room Sample Work to which they must refer in the course of the examination.
  • It is essential that, in the course of studying this module, students gain practical experience of using a wide range of hardware, software and communication technologies in a structured way, so that they can apply transferable skills, knowledge and understanding gained from this practical work to the solution of problems.

1½ hours duration 50% of the total AS marks 25% of the total A Level marks

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World INFO2

Question 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.

  • Today’s students are living in a world where the use of ICT surrounds them and where they, and others, frequently take this use for granted.
  • Unit 2 is designed to give students the wider picture of the use of ICT, to enable the understanding of basic terms and concepts involved in the study of the subject.
  • Students should be able to discuss and comment on issues from a position of knowledge and they can only do this if they have the knowledge and understanding that underpins the subject.

1½ hours duration 50% of the total AS marks 25% of the total A Level marks

Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World INFO3

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

Section A: structured questions based on pre- release material

Section B: questions requiring extended prose answers.

All questions are compulsory.

  • Candidates will be provided with pre-release material which will be available on the AQA website on 1 November for the January examination and 1 April for the July examination.
  • The pre-release will be re-printed in the question paper/answer booklet for use in the examination.
  • This module looks 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. The content is designed to address issues associated with the management of ICT and its use within organisations.

2 hours duration 60% of the total A2 marks 30% of the total A Level marks

Unit 4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World INFO4

  • Candidates must produce a project report based upon their practical work/investigation. The report will be internally marked and externally moderated.
  • This module provides candidates with the opportunity to complete a project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time and in so doing candidates will enhance their transferable practical skills.

40% of the total A2 marks 20% of the total A Level marks

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Payne Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

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