A Level ICT

 

You may not even realise how technologically savvy you are. Your innate ability to use IT tools has been fostered all your life by the world around you. All you require is an interest in computers and a desire to understand how they have helped to shape the world today. ICT is often taken as a fourth subject to give students transferable IT skills to help them in later life.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

The two units are taught sequentially, with lessons in the ICT labs for production of ICT solutions and sample work for the INFO1 exam.

The dynamic nature of IT means that students need to read widely and keep up to date with IT related news. A weekly timed assignment and homework guarantee that students are well practised in all aspects for the exams. Students receive tuition each week around which they are expected to consolidate and widen what they have learnt in class and develop their skills further.

AS Specification Number
AQA 1521

 

Unit 1: Practical problem solving in the digital world

25% of A level
Written Paper:1 hour 30 minutes
This unit of the new and stimulating syllabus includes analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation of solutions with an emphasis on active investigation and the development of practical IT skills. Students will use dedicated computer equipment and an array of software applications to solve real-world problems as a way to discovering the underlying theory and best-practice for a modern ICT world.

Unit 2: Living in the digital world

25% of A level
Written Paper:1 hour 30 minutes
As ICT is so integral to science, business, leisure and modern society to name a few areas, this unit seeks to acquaint students with wider and emerging issues, such as: ethics and environment, ergonomics and work practice, human interaction and the internet, security and legal issues. Concurrently, a deeper look is taken into ICT philosophies and the nature of data, data transfer, backup and recovery theories.

Reading list 

Author
TitleISBN
Doyle Essential ICT for AQA AS ISBN 9781850082804
Mott & Leeming AQA Information & Communication Technology for AS Level (3rd Ed.) ISBN 9780340958308
Text available from MPW for reference:  
McNee & Spencer AQA Information and Communication Technology AS ISBN 9780748799077

A2 Level

MPW approach to A2 study

Unit 3 is taught in parallel with Unit 4, which will be taught in the ICT laboratories. Concepts from Unit 3 are applied practically as students develop their solution for Unit 4 starting with a thorough look at the principles behind the right approach to solving a real-life problem. A weekly timed assignment and homework guarantee that students are well practised in all aspects for the exams. Students receive tuition each week around which they are expected to consolidate and widen what they have learnt in class and develop their skills further.

A2 Specification Number
AQA 2521

 

Unit 3: The use of ICT in the digital world

30% of A level
Written Paper:2 hours
With the ever increasing rate of change in ICT and its penetration into all aspects of modern life, this unit focuses on the management and application of successful strategies inherent in the application of ICT through a range of areas including legislation, policies, and larger organisations including government. In particular, questions of quality assurance, support, longevity and managing failure (risk management) are canvassed. Trends in the historical delivery of ICT are examined and future directions explored.

Unit 4: Practical issues involved in the use of ICT in the digital world

20% of A level
Coursework
This unit affords students the opportunity to undertake a substantial project which will use many of the practical skills gained in earlier units. Projects are selected by students,in negotiation with their teacher, but should be chosen to complement the material covered in Unit 3. The coursework will be marked internally and moderated externally.

Reading list 

Author
TitleISBN
Doyle Essential ICT for AQA A2 ISBN 9781850082828
Mott & Leeming AQA Information & Communication Technology for A2 Level (2nd Ed.) ISBN 9780340907269

Anastasia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*

Progressed to
University College London (Economics) 

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A*AABB

Progressed to
King's College London (International Relations)

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Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

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Grades achieved at MPW
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Progressed to
University College London (Economics)

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Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*

Progressed to
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