A-Level

Information and Communication Technology
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Entrance Requirements

GCSE Course Undertaken

Minimum Grade Required

GCSE Full Course

B (2 GCSE points)

GCSE Short Course

A (1 GCSE point)



The full advanced GCE comprises the AS and the second half of the Advanced GCE course, referred to as A2.  However, the AS can be taken as a “stand-alone” qualification without progression to A2.

The advanced GCE award will be based on aggregation of the marks from the AS (50%) and the A2 (50%).

An A* will be awarded to the candidates who attain an overall grade A in the qualification and an aggregate f at least 90% of the uniform marks across the A2 units.

The AS and A2 GCE Advanced level specifications should encourage students to:

 

  • become discerning users of ICT; and
  • develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT.


In addition to the specification encourages students to develop:
 

  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • the sills 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 consideration on the use of ICT; and
  • an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.


For further information about this CCEA AS and A Level ICT specification please visit:
www.ccea.org.uk Specification at a Glance

The structure of the AS and A Level courses are summarised in the table below:

Unit Assessment Weightings Availability
AS 1:
Components of ICT
2 hour external examination paper 50% of AS
25% of A2
January and Summer
AS 2:
Developing ICT Solutions
Internal Assessment of 2 compulsory tasks 50% of AS
25% of A2
Summer only
A2 1:
Information Systems
2 hour external paper 50% of A2
25% of A Level
January and Summer
A2 2:
Approaches to Systems Development
Internal Assessment of a project 50% of A2
25% of A Level
Summer only



Unit AS 1: Components of ICT
This unit is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of components of ICT, which is assessed by means of a two hour written examination.  It also acts as a foundation for Unit A2 1: Information Systems for those candidates going on to A Level.

Unit AS 2: Developing ICT Solutions
This unit allows students to develop practical aspects of the subject and to apply their knowledge and understanding of ICT.  Students will be expected to produce an ICT solution to task-related problems.
Assessment for this module will be made up of:

 

  • a data processing task (60 marks); and
  • a multimedia task (60 marks).


Unit A2 1: Information Systems
This unit is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of Information Systems which is assessed by means of a two hour written examination.  It also acts as an extension to Unit AS 1: Components of ICT.

Unit A2 2: Approaches to System Development
This unit will involve students producing a detailed project (80 marks).  The project will require students to identify and research a realistic problem for which there must be a real end user.  The problem should be of a substantial nature and should support the integration of the various skills and concepts developed during this course.
The problem should be of a sufficient size and scope as to allow the student to demonstrate skills in the following areas:

 

  • analysing a system;
  • designing a solution;
  • implementing and testing their solution;
  • documenting their solution; and
  • evaluating the solution.