AS/A Level ICT Course
Exam board: WJEC
AS Level: 2530QS – A Level: 1530QS
In today’s world, where ICT is constantly changing, individuals will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy. The impact of ICT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the Internet grows, so does the need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies.
Are you looking for a career where IT skills will put you ahead? This course will give you a head start if you wish to work as an IT professional in areas like games design, cybersecurity and police forensics or in roles where IT skills are required, such as teaching, business and NHS administration and the creative areas such as film-making and photography.
We offer this course because it gives you experience in the areas where there is growth in career opportunities.
To study A Level ICT you need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4-9 / C or above including English Language and Mathematics
This specification encourages candidates to become discerning users of ICT, developing a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge and understanding of ICT. This should form a basis for progression into further learning, including progression from AS to A2, and/or employment.
Specifically, it encourages candidates to develop:
- the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
- the skills to work collaboratively;
- the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems;
- an understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations
and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT;
- an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential
impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society
The specification content is presented under the unit titles of:
- 4.1 Unit IT1 Information Systems (AS)
- 4.2 Unit IT2 Presenting Information (AS)
- 4.3 Unit IT3 Use and Impact of ICT (A2)
- 4.4 Unit IT4 Relational Databases (A2)
This specification is divided into a total of 4 units, 2 AS units and 2 A2 units. Weightings noted
below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification
The first two sub-sections form the AS subject content. The two units are examined by a written paper (IT1) and internally assessed task (IT2). However, the holistic nature of Information and Communication Technology means that AS candidates are likely to address aspects listed under the content of the remaining (A2) units during the internally assessed task.
The last two sub-sections form the A2 content. These two units are examined by a written paper (IT3) and an internally assessed project (IT4)
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.
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