Key Stage 5 ICT is all about understanding the ICT requirements and issues within the workplace. Computers can be very useful to a business if they are properly utilised.
You will learn how to solve specific business problems using software to improve the data flows within a business.
The material within these pages are designed for the AQA ICT 5/6521 course specification.
In AS (Year 12) level there are 3 units:
ICT 1 - Theory Unit - Information: Nature, Role and Context 30%
ICT 2 - Theory Unit - Information: Management and Manipulation 30%
ICT 3 - An Individual project to solve a problem. It should incorporate spreadsheets. 40%
In A2 (Year 13) there are 3 units::
ICT 4 - Theory Unit - Information Systems within Organisations 30%
ICT 5 - Theory Unit - Information: Policy, Strategy and Systems 30%
ICT 6 - An individual Project to solve a problem. It should incorporate a database. 40%
It is a good idea to take the theory examinations in January. Theory is taught from September - December. You should aim to do well in January, with the theory fresh in your mind. If you don’t do well, then you have the opportunity to re-sit the examinations in June. This does not mean that you put in little effort and crash and burn, because you can retake the exams. A mature attitude would dictate that you try you best, without the clash and stress of many other A level exams at that time. The purpose of doing a re-sit would be to improve your grade, eg turning a borderline B grade into a very good B grade or better. Remember that your Units add up to a magic score out of 300. The higher the score you get out of 300, then the better the grade. This is especially important if you continue to the A2 level, when your total score is out of 600 and half of the marks come from your AS score.
Click here to visit the AQA website and find the specification, which sets out what you will study.
Be sure to check out the resources page find loads of stuff and links.