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 2 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 Database Systems Simulation Modelling In addition to the above students are required to prepare a spreadsheet on a specific topic, defined by the Examination Board, in advance of the written paper. The spreadsheet is taken into the examination and used to answer questions in Section B. It is then submitted with the examination paper. Unit 2 Presenting Information: Desktop Publishing Automated Documents Presentation Evaluation Compression and Storage Techniques Project Planning This is a coursework task involving the creation of DTP and multimedia tasks. A2 2 units of work Unit 3 Use and Impact of ICT Networks The Internet Human computer Interface Working with ICT Security Policies Database Systems Management Information Systems System Development Life Cycle Unit 4 Relational Databases User Requirements Design Specification Implementation Testing User Documentation Project Planning This is a substantial piece of coursework undertaken over an extended period of time. Assessment AS 2 units of work Unit 1 60% of total AS mark 2 hours 15 minutes Written Paper (30% of total A Level mark) Unit 2 40% of total AS mark Coursework task Internally assessed (20% of total A Level mark) A2 2 units of work Unit 3 30% of total A Level mark 2 hours 30 minutes Written Paper Unit 4 20% of total A Level mark Coursework task Internally assessed Career Prospects This course could enhance career opportunities as ICT skills are now required in all types of employment. It is also the course to follow for those who are going on to study ICT/Computer Science in higher education or are considering a career in ICT/Computing.