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Information and Communications Technology AS/A-Level at St Aloysius RC College

Course description

At advanced level, the OCR ICT AS course is offered as part of the sixth form curriculum. The OCR ICT AS course is made up of an exam and coursework with a wide range of ICT topics and applications covered during the course of study. This course aims to ready students for the world of work.

The aim of the course is to encourage students to develop and apply an understanding of the principles of problem solving using ICT, understand the range of applications of ICT and the effect of their use.

Course content

Methods of study will include:

  • Lectures, group work and practical sessions
  • Case studies and individual research
  • Individual project work
  • AS - Information, Systems and Application (Unit GO61)
  • Hardware and Software
  • The differences between data, information, knowledge and processing.
  • Spreadsheet and Database concepts
  • Characteristics of Standard Applications.
  • The role and impact of ICT in society

Structured ICT Tasks (Unit GO62)

These are set by the exam board and are project based. They will require you to solve a given problem using a range of software applications and give you the opportunity to explore design, software development, testing and documentation.

A2 - ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (GO63)

  • Systems cycle
  • Networks and communications
  • Applications of ICT
  • Implications of ICT

ICT Project (GO64) Users develop their own ICT project.

Entry requirements

You must have practical experience of the most common generic software packages, a word-processor, a spreadsheet package, and a database management system as well as presentation and drawing software.

Progression from the AS course to A2 is dependent on passing AS. Students who successfully complete the assessment for AS Level during the first year will be eligible to progress to A2 Level in the second year. Information and communications technology is a part of daily life and is used in a wide range of university courses and in almost every area of professional employment. There are progression pathways onto University level courses.

Assessment

AS - Information, Systems and Application (Unit GO61) There will be a 2 hour written paper.

60% of total ‘AS’ Level marks; 30% of total of ‘A2’ Level marks.

Structured ICT Tasks (Unit GO62)

There will be 6 short structured practical ICT tasks.

40% of total ‘AS’ Level marks; 20% of total of ‘A2’ Level marks.

 

A2  - ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (GO63)

There will be 6 short structured practical ICT tasks.

40% of total ‘AS’ Level marks; 20% of total of ‘A2’ Level marks.

A2 ICT Systems, Applications and Implications (GO63)

There will be a 2 hour written paper.

30% of total of ‘A2’ Level marks.

ICT Project (GO64)

Coursework - 20% of total of A2 marks.

 

Future opportunities

In today’s workplace, those with the knowledge and skills to use ICT creatively have the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers. To meet these career challenges this course provides a sound knowledge of ICT together with interpersonal, technical and academic skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Aloysius RC College directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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