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A Level ICT

A Level ICT

Information Technology impacts upon every aspect of our lives.

In a society where information is power those who can utilise it effectively will be better placed to face the educational, social and employment opportunities of the new millennium.

The course would suit the student who may wish to study or be employed in information management.

This course uses a task driven approach to examine the effective use of information technology systems within industry, business and commerce. It requires problem solving, decision making and implementing solutions with understanding of the effects and limitations of Information Technology within society.

AS Level 1

Practical Problem

This unit provides 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 then are able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from this practical work to the solution of problems.

As part of the assessment students prepare sample work (coursework) which is part of the examination.

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • Health and safety in relation to the use of ICT system
  • Analysis
  • Design of solutions
  • Selection and use of input devices and input media
  • Selection and use of storage requirements, media and devices
  • Selection and use of output methods, media and devices
  • Selection and use of appropriate software
  • Implementation of ICT related solutions
  • Evaluation of ICT- related solutions

INFO: LIVING IN A DIGITAL WORLD (1 HOUR 30 MINUTE WRITTEN EXAMINATION, 50%)

This unit is designed to 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. Students can learn to discuss and comment on issues from a position of knowledge which they can with their knowledge and understanding that underpins this subject.

Students are encouraged to consider the important issues involved in the use of ICT by themselves and by others. They also study the immediate effect on themselves and also the longer term effects on society and the world in general.

Topics covered in this unit are:

  • An ICT system and its components
  • Data and information
  • People and ICT systems
  • Transfer of data in ICT systems
  • Safety and security of data in ICT systems
  • Backup and recovery
  • What ICT can provide
  • Factors affecting the use of ICT
  • The consequences of the use of ICT

A Level ICT

INFO1 AND INFO1= 50% OF THE A LEVEL COURSE
INFO3: THE USE OF ICT in the Digital World (2 hour written exam, 30%)

  • Future developments
  • Information and systems
  • Managing ICT
  • ICT strategy
  • ICT policies
  • Legislation
  • Developing ICT solutions
  • Development methods
  • Techniques and tools for systems development
  • Introducing large ICT systems into organisations
  • Training and supporting users
  • External and internal resources

INFO4: Practical issues involved in the use of ICT in the Digital World (COURSEWORK 20%)

  • Background and investigation
  • Analysis and deliverables
  • Design and planning for implementation
  • Evaluation of the implemented solution

CISCO

CISCO

This exciting new specification brings the study of ICT up to date for the 21st century.

It has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre. In the first year you will study two ‘big picture’ themes.

First there is ‘Practical problem solving’, which introduces you to the various hardware and software technologies used in ICT, and how you can apply them to different applications in real life. The second theme is ‘Living in the digital world’, which gives you a solid grounding in ICT areas like transferring data, backups and the interface between people and ICT systems.

In the second year you will build on that strong foundation with another two study themes. In the first theme, ‘The use of ICT in the digital world’, you will cover technology developments, how to manage ICT projects, and the use of ICT solutions within organisations. In the second theme, ‘Practical issues’, you will get hands-on experience by conceiving, designing and implementing a real ICT-related system.

Topics assessed through exam are listed below:

  • Health and safety in relation to the use of ICT systems
  • Analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation of ICT related solutions
  • Selection and use of input, output and storage requirements, media and devices
  • Selection and use of appropriate software
  • An ICT system and its components
  • Data and Information
  • People and ICT systems
  • Transfer of data in ICT systems
  • Safety and security of ICT systems
  • Procedures for backup and recovery
  • Uses of ICT systems
  • Factors and consequences of ICT
  • Information Systems
  • Management and strategies
  • Policies and Legislation
  • Developing ICT solutions
  • Systems development tools and techniques
  • Introducing large scale systems
  • Training and supporting users
  • External and internal resources
  • Future developments

Where will success take me?

ICT is one of those great subjects that lets you maximise on your own strengths.

This subject has been developed for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work, where understanding how ICT can be used in society and organisations, and the implications of its use, will be a valuable asset.

If you turn out to have a really technical interest in ICT, you could work for a bank or corporation helping to design systems which transfer information from a database to a terminal. But if you are more interested in the user interface, you could work in advertising or for a handset manufacturer. Information is everywhere, so ICT is a sound career move.

You will need to have a strong interest in the new development of ICT technologies. You should be someone who enjoys writing and discussing about ICT technologies.