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ICT

To develop computing skills for life and programmers of the future.

About A-level ICT

Students following this syllabus will develop, and learn to apply, a broad range of ICT skills, while also gaining an understanding of the way ICT is used in the world of work.  The syllabus introduces students to the structure and use of ICT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, learners understand ICT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also gain an understanding of the wider impact of ICT on society in general.

Why Choose A-Level ICT

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 understand these new technologies.  This syllabus encourages students to become effective and discerning users of ICT. It helps them to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding.

Course Structure


AS Level

Paper 1                                  1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 2                                 2 hours 30 minutes

Written

Candidates answer each question in the spaces provided on the question paper.

 

Maximum mark: 80

Practical

A number of tasks taken on a computer under controlled conditions. Candidates must use

the most appropriate software and the most appropriate methods.

 

Maximum mark: 120

40% of total marks

60% of total marks

A-Level

Paper 1                                  1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 2                                 2 hours 30 minutes

Written

Candidates answer each question in the spaces provided on the question paper.

 

Maximum mark: 80

Practical

A number of tasks taken on a computer under controlled conditions. Candidates must use the most appropriate software and the most appropriate methods.

 

Maximum mark: 120

20% of total marks

30% of total marks

Paper 3                                  1 hour 15 minutes

Paper 4                                 2 hours 30 minutes

Written

Candidates answer each question in the spaces provided on the question paper.

 

Maximum mark: 80

Practical

A number of tasks taken on a computer under controlled conditions. Candidates must use the most appropriate software and the most appropriate methods.

 

Maximum mark: 90

20% of total marks

30% of total marks

Course Content

Although the subject content is set out in five curriculum areas, these areas overlap. The five sections should be read as a whole and not as a progression. The five areas are as follows:

1. ICT systems including portable communication devices

2. How organisations use ICT

3. Impact of ICT on society

4. Computer networks

5. Systems life cycle

The five areas are split into seven sections to allow a balance between Cambridge International AS Level and Advanced level. The seven sections are as follows:

At Cambridge International AS Level

1. ICT systems including portable communication devices

2. How organisations use ICT – Part 1

3. Impact of ICT on society – Part 1

4. Systems life cycle

At Cambridge International A Level

5. How organisations use ICT – Part 2

6. Impact of ICT on society – Part 2

7. Computer networks

Progression

Cambridge International A Level Applied Information and Communication Technology provides a suitable foundation for the study of ICT or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in ICT, or as part of a course of general education.

Course requirements

Students should have obtained a grade C or above in IGCSE ICT in order to study this course.