INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY Qualification: GCE AS and A2 Level Specification: WJEC Course Co-ordinator: Mrs L. Tennant Course Requirements Students embarking on this course must have Grade C or above in ICT having completed the short or the full course GCSE. This syllabus has been developed to enable students who have followed a GCSE course in ICT to continue their studies at a higher level. The course will appeal to those students who want to develop their ICT skills and further their general knowledge of ICT, including some of the technical issues surrounding the use of ICT. Course Content AS 3 units of work Unit 1 Information Systems: Data, Information and Knowledge Value and Importance of Information Quality of Information Validation and Verification Capabilities and Limitations of ICT Uses of ICT Presenting Information Networks Human computer Interface Social Issues Unit 2 Presenting Information: Desktop Publishing Automated Documents Presentation Evaluation Compression and Storage Techniques Unit 3 Spreadsheet Modelling The project should allow you to demonstrate the use of advanced ICT skills and complex features of your chosen application package. The project will contain the following sections: User Requirements Design Specification Implementation Testing Evaluation Project Planning A2 3 units of work Unit 4 Use and Impact of ICT Networks The Internet Human computer Interface Working with ICT Security Policies Database Systems Management of Change Unit 5 (a) Information Systems Management Information Systems System Development Life Cycle Unit 5 (b) Publishing Analysis of Existing Publications Specification and Design Implementation Maintenance Evaluation Project Planning Unit 6 Relational Databases User Requirements Design Specification Implementation Testing User Documentation Project Planning Assessment AS 3 units of work Unit 1 30% of total AS mark 1½ Written examination Unit 2 30% of total AS mark Controlled test Unit 3 40% of total AS mark Coursework task A2 3 units of work Unit 4 15% of total A Level mark Written examination Unit 5(a or b) 15% of total A Level mark Controlled test Unit 6 20% of total A Level mark coursework Project Career Prospects This course could enhance career opportunities as ICT skills are now required in almost every type of employment. It is also a worthwhile course to follow for those who are going on to study ICT in higher education or are considering a career in ICT.