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Information and Communication Technology

Why Information and Communication Technology?

From updating your Facebook status, uploading photos in the Cloud or feeling secure online almost everything we do involves an Information Communication Technology (ICT) professional working behind the scene.

ICT professionals work in many different sectors such as defence, education, retail, transport, insurance and healthcare.

There are many jobs at all levels from a help desk operator or computer salesperson to a software developer or a big data engineer. 

Summary of content

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 Units

AS Units

Unit IT1 - Information systems

IT1 - 24 %; 2 hours 15 minutes written paper; 80 marks

This unit is about acquiring knowledge and understanding of information systems, which is assessed by means of a two and a quarter hours’ written examination.

Section A contains the following areas of content:

Data, information and knowledge The value and importance of good quality information Quality of information
Validation and verification Capabilities and limitations of ICT Uses of ICT
Presenting Information Networks Human Computer Interface (HCI)
Social Issues Database Systems  

Section B contains the following areas of content:

Modelling: Spreadsheet features and functions

This unit requires candidates to use ICT hardware and spreadsheet modelling software to solve a realistic problem and answer questions on their solution in the written examination. The spreadsheet solution must be prepared under supervised conditions as it will be taken into the written part of the examination. In researching potential solutions to the spreadsheet problem, candidates should have the opportunity to work collaboratively.

Simulation Modelling

Unit IT2  - Presenting information

IT2 - 16%; Internal Assessment;  80 marks

This unit requires candidates to use ICT hardware and software applications to solve a problem involving three separate tasks: the production of (i) a document such as a leaflet or magazine (ii) a document containing automated routines, such as a mail merged letter, (iii) a presentation to an audience, such as a web page or slide type show.

  • Task 1: DTP - design, plan and produce a document of at least two A4 sides and containing at least 200 words
  • Task 2: Automated Documents - produce documents containing automated routines
  • Task 3: Presentation - design and produce a website or presentation of at least six slides / pages for an audience


A2 Units

Unit IT3 - Use and impact of ICT

IT3 - 36%;  2 hours 30 minutes written paper; 90 marks

This section is about the use and impact of Information and Communication Technology.

The content is based on the following topics:

Networks The Internet
Human Computer Interface (HCI) Working with ICT
ICT Security Policies Data and the importance of information
Relational Database systems Management of Change
Management Information Systems System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Unit IT4 - Relational databases

IT4 - 24 %; Internal Assessment; 100 marks

This unit requires candidates to produce a relational database project. The database project does not have to be based in an actual commercial context, but candidates should be encouraged to develop a realistic system. Relational database software provides various software tools to produce solutions to data handling problems. Candidates may use any suitable software to complete this project.

When completing the database project, candidates should consider the following:

User Requirements Design Specification
Implementation Testing
User Documentation Evaluation
Project Planning  

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