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ICT at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The A/AS specifications in ICT are accessible to students who have studied ICT before or who are new to the subject.

It could enhance career opportunities or provide a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not progress to further study in the subject.

ICT AS and A2 will develop:

  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to analyse, appraise and make critical judgements about the use of ICT.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary for communicating with others
  • An understanding of the nature of information, its structure, application and implications of its use
  • An awareness of the role of information technology in the management, manipulation and dissemination of information
  • An understanding of the role of people, technology and systems in organisations.

Course content


Unit 1
Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

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.

Unit 2
Living in the Digital World

  • Gives 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

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
  • 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.

Unit 4
Coursework: Practical Issues involved in the use of ICT in the Digital World.

  • 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 enhance their transferable practical skills.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.
  • GCSE grade C in ICT is preferred

Assessment

Unit 1
Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

  • Candidates must take into the examination room Sample Work to which they must refer in the course of the examination.
  • Externally marked by AQA.
  • Section A: short answer questions. Section B: 3 or more structured  questions requiring discursive answers.
  • All questions are compulsory.
  • 1hr 30 mins duration.
  • 50% of the total AS/25% of the total

Unit 2
Living in the Digital World

The Advanced Level examination is in two parts:

  • Advanced Subsidiary (AS) - 100% of the total award (no coursework)
  • A second examination, A2 - 60% of the total award
  • Coursework A2 - 40% of the total award
  • Externally marked by AQA
  • Section A: Short answer questions. Section B: 3 or more structured questions requiring discursive answers.
  • Al questions are compulsory. 
  • 1 hr 30 mins duration.
  • 50% of the total AS marks/25% of the total A2 marks

Unit 3
The Use of ICT in the Digital World

  • Externally marked by AQA.
  • Section A: Structured questions based on pre-release material; Section B: questions requiring extended prose answers.
  • All questions are compulsory.

Unit 4
Coursework: Practical Issues involved in the use of ICT in the Digital World.

  • Candidates must produce a project report based upon their practical work/investigation.
  • The report will be internally marked and externally moderated.
  • 40% of the total A2 marks; 20% of the total A level marks.

Future opportunities

ICT is one of the more popular advanced subjects that can lead to entry into wide variety of University and Higher Education Courses. It can be studied as a degree on its own or in combination with other subjects.

It is often a constituent component of many degree courses for example in Business, Engineering and Education.

ICT provides you with skills relevant to a wide range of careers: Business and Finance, Marketing, Media, Law, Education, HM Services, Teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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