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Key Stage 5 Computing & ICT

A-Level ICT

EXAMINATION BOARD: AQA

Course Content

AS (Year 12)

Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World - INFO 1

Living in the Digital World - INFO 2

A2 (Year 13)

The Use of ICT in the Digital World - INFO 3

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

Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving

Other Skills Developed:

  • Application of number
  • Information technology
  • Career value

This qualification is not designed to prepare you for direct entry into employment, however it supports progression into further education and training.  Appropriate further education courses are:

a BTEC Higher National in Computing

a BTEC Foundation Degree in Computing

a degree in computing, IT or related fields

Assessment

AS Level

INFO 1

50% of AS, 25% of A-Level

1 hour 30 minutes examination

Section A: short answer questions

Section B: structured questions

INFO 2

50% of AS, 25% of A-Level

1 hour 30 minutes examination

Section A: short answer questions

Section B: structured questions

A2 Level

INFO 3

30% of A-Level

Section A: structured questions based on pre-release material

Section B: questions requiring extended answers, 2 hour examination

INFO 4

20% of A-Level

Coursework project report, marked by centre and moderated by AQA

Students complete a project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C including Maths and English

Other Level 2 qualifications such as GCSE (Double Award) in GCSE ICT at Grades AA – CC, Edexcel Qualification in Digital Applications, Edexcel BTEC First Diploma IT Practitioners

 

BTEC ICT

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma
EXAMINATION BOARD: EDEXCEL

Course Content

AS (Year 12)

3 core and 3 selected subjects:


Unit 1* Communication and Employability Skills for IT

Unit 2* Computer Systems

Unit 3* Information Systems

Unit 4 Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems

Unit 5 Managing Networks

Unit 7 Organisational Systems Security

A2 (Year 13)

6 selected subjects:


Unit 8 E-Commerce

Unit 14 Event Driven Programming

Unit 18 Databases

Unit 23 Human Computer Interaction

Unit 28 Website Development

Unit 42 Spreadsheets

Key Skills

  • Communicate effectively, in a variety of situations, using a wide range of techniques.  Work well with others - individuals or teams - so that work can be properly planned and targets met
  • Manage their own development, so that they are always ready to take on the challenges of change and diversification

Other Skills Developed 

  • Use ICT in a range of applications to support all aspects of their role
  • Solve problems in a variety of circumstances

Career Value

Gives students the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher National in:

  • Computing
  • Business IT
  • E-Commerce
  • IT Network Support
  • Multimedia

Any kind of career:

  • Computer Games Design
  • Network Support
  • E-Commerce
  • Management Informant Systems
  • Database Management
  • Web Design

Assessment

AS
The units are assessment based internally and moderated by examination board

A2
The units are assessment based internally and moderated by examination board

Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs Grade A* - C
ICT Grade B (or higher) or equivalent

 

A-Level Computing
Starting September 2015
Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs Grade A* - C
Comuting Grade B (or higher) 
Maths Grade B (or higher)

A-Level Computing

Starting September 2016

Examination Board - OCR

 

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs Grade A* - C

Computing Grade B (or higher)

Maths Grade B (or higher)

 

Year 12

Paper 1 Topics

1 Fundamentals of programming

2 Fundamentals of data structures

3 Fundamentals of algorithms

4 Theory of computation

 

Paper 1: This paper tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content 1-4 above.

 

Exam sat in Year 13

 

Year 13

Paper 2 Topics

5 Fundamentals of data representation

6 Fundamentals of computer systems

7 Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

8 Consequences of uses of computing

9 Fundamentals of communication and networking

10 Fundamentals of databases

11 Big Data

12 Fundamentals of functional programming

13 Systematic approach to problem solving

14 Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project

 

Paper 2: This paper tests a student's ability to answer questions from subject content 5-12 above.

 

Non-Exam assessment

 

The non-exam assessment assesses student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical problem.  Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem.