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AQA GCSE Information and Communication Technology (Specification A)

GCSE Unit A: The General Structure of Information Systems                                                                                      Unit Length:                        1 week


About the Unit                                                                                            Expectations
In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding of information systems. They will learn how data flows    Most pupils will be able to:         Show some knowledge and understanding of information systems,
through information systems in terms of inputs, storage, processing, outputs and feedback. They will                                           how data flows through information systems in terms of inputs,
learn how systems flowcharts are used to describe this data flow. They will learn the difference                                               storage, processing, outputs and feedback, how systems flowcharts
between information and data.                                                                                                                  are used to describe this data flow. They will be able to describe
                                                                                                                                               the difference between information and data.
What the Unit Covers
                                                                                                          Some pupils will not have made       Show a basic knowledge and understanding of information systems,
    1.   Understand that information systems may be described in terms of inputs, storage,          9.1   so much progress. They will be       how data flows through information systems in terms of inputs,
         processing, outputs and feedback understand how data flows through a system in                   able to:                             storage, processing, outputs and feedback, how systems flowcharts
         these terms.
                                                                                                                                               are used to describe this data flow. They will know the definitions
    2.   System flowcharts:
                                                                                                                                               of information and data, but will not necessarily be able to describe
             a. Understand how a systems flowchart is used to describe how data flows
                                                                                                                                               the difference between them.
                  through a system.
    3.   The difference between information and data:                                                     Some pupils will have progressed     Show a good knowledge and understanding of information systems,
             a. Understand that data are the raw values input into, stored and processed                  further. They will be able to:       how data flows through information systems in terms of inputs,
                  by information systems and that information is produced together with a                                                      storage, processing, outputs and feedback, how systems flowcharts
                  context that adds meaning.                                                                                                   are used to describe this data flow. They will be confident in
                                                                                                                                               describing the difference between information and data.
Vocabulary
In this unit, pupils will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:
 Information systems: e.g., input, process, output, feedback, storage.
 System flowcharts: e.g., system flowchart, input, storage, output, hardware, data
 Information and Data: e.g., information, data, context, meaning, raw

Resources                                                                                                 Prior Learning
                                                                                                          It will be helpful if pupils have:




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AQA GCSE Information and Communication Technology (Specification A)

GCSE Unit B: Hardware Components                                                                                                                   Unit Length:                       2 weeks


About the Unit                                                                                                Expectations
In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding of what a range of hardware is capable of and its             Most pupils will be able to:         Show some knowledge and understanding of what a range of
usefulness in an information system. The hardware covered will include input and output peripherals                                                hardware is capable of and its usefulness in an information system.
and storage devices and media.                                                                                                                     They will have some understanding of the difference between
                                                                                                                                                   volatile and non-volatile storage media.
What the Unit Covers
                                                                                                              Some pupils will not have made       Show a basic knowledge and understanding of what a range of
    1.   Understand what a range of hardware is capable of and its usefulness in an                   9.2     so much progress. They will be       hardware is capable of and its usefulness in an information system.
         information system. Details of operation are not required.                                           able to:
    2.   Input peripherals: input peripherals expected are: Keyboard, including specialised
         keyboards; Mouse, touch pad, tracker ball, joystick; Graphics digitiser; Touch
         sensitive screen; Light pen; Scanner, digital camera for photographs or video;
                                                                                                              Some pupils will have progressed     Show a good knowledge and understanding of what a range of
         Microphone; Sensor.
                                                                                                              further. They will be able to:       hardware is capable of and its usefulness in an information system.
    3.   Output peripherals: output peripherals expected are: Screen (VDU); Printers (dot-
                                                                                                                                                   They will understand the difference between volatile and non-
         matrix, laser, ink-jet); Plotters; Speakers; Motors and switched output in control                                                        volatile storage media.
         systems
    4.   Storage devices and media: Storage devices and media expected are: ROM, RAM;
         Hard and floppy disks; Magnetic tape; CD-ROM, CD-Recordable (CD-R), CD-
         Rewriteable (CD-RW); DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD Recordable (DVD-R), DVD-
         Rewriteable (DVD-RW), Flash memory. Know the difference between them in terms
         of whether they are volatile or not and their uses.


Vocabulary
In this unit, pupils will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:
    Input peripherals: e.g., keyboard, mouse, touch pad, tracker ball, joystick, graphics digitiser, touch
    sensitive screen, light pen, scanner, digital camera, microphone, sensor.
 Output peripherals: e.g., screen, VDU, printers (dot-matrix, laser, ink-jet), plotters, speakers,
    motors, switched output
 Storage devices and media: e.g., ROM, RAM, hard disk, floppy disk, magnetic tape, CD-ROM, CD-R,
    CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, volatile, non-volatile, flash memory.


Resources                                                                                                     Prior Learning
                                                                                                              It will be helpful if pupils have:




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GCSE Unit C: The System Life Cycle                                                                                                                Unit Length:                       1 week


About the Unit                                                                                               Expectations
In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding of The System Life Cycle. They will be able to describe      Most pupils will be able to:         Show some knowledge and understanding of The System Life Cycle.
the steps involved in the analysis, design, implementation and testing of a systems and be able to                                                They will be able to describe most of the steps involved in the
evaluate a system’s effectiveness. They will be able to use this knowledge to successfully complete the                                           attempt to evaluate a system’s effectiveness
AQA-Set Assignment in Year 10 and a Project of their own making in Year 11.
                                                                                                             Some pupils will not have made       Show a basic knowledge of The System Life Cycle. They will be
What the Unit Covers                                                                                         so much progress. They will be       able to name the steps involved in the analysis, design,
                                                                                                             able to:                             implementation and testing of a systems.
    1.   Describe the steps involved in analysis, design implementation and testing of a              9.16
         system.                                                                                                                                  Show a good knowledge and understanding of The System Life
    2.   Understand the nature and purpose of feasibility studies, and the use of interviews,                                                     Cycle. They will be able to describe the steps involved in the
         questionnaires and observation in analysis of existing or new systems.                              Some pupils will have progressed     analysis, design, implementation and testing of a systems and be
    3.   Understand the principles of top-down design of systems and be able to identify the                 further. They will be able to:       able to evaluate a system’s effectiveness.
         subsystems required.
    4.   Understand the purpose and nature of evaluation criteria.
    5.   Show awareness that there may be more than one way of implementing a particular
         system and be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of alternative
         methods.
    6.   Understand the nature and purpose of a testing plan and be aware that testing must
         include typical, extreme and erroneous data.
    7.   Describe the nature and purpose of documentation, which should be provided with a
         system.


Vocabulary
In this unit, pupils will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:
    System Life Cycle: e.g., analysis, design, implementation, testing, evaluation, documentation.
 Feasibility studies: e.g., interview, questionnaire, observation.

Resources                                                                                                    Prior Learning
                                                                                                             It will be helpful if pupils have:




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GCSE Unit Di: Applications Software Introduction + Analysis                                                                                       Unit Length:                       3 weeks


About the Unit                                                                                               Expectations
In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding of the functions of applications software within a system.   Most pupils will be able to:         explore, develop and interpret information to carry out a range of
They use the knowledge gained in Unit C to successfully complete the Analysis section of the AQA-Set                                              tasks and produce appropriate solutions to problems
Assignment.


What the Unit Covers                                                                                         Some pupils will not have made       use ICT to explore, develop and interpret information
                                                                                                             so much progress. They will be
    1.   The function of applications software within the system.                                     9.6    able to:
              a. Know that applications software is designed to carry out user-related
                   tasks.                                                                                    Some pupils will have progressed     explore, develop and interpret information to carry out a range of
    2.   The AQA-set Assignment consists of a Candidate Booklet providing the description            AQA     further. They will be able to:       tasks and produce effective working solutions to a range of
         of a situation where the appropriate use of information technology will solve some          Set                                          problems. They will be able to identify a range of needs and
         problems to be identified. The initial stage is the analysis which requires pupils to:                                                   opportunities and carry out systematic analysis.
              a. Read the whole booklet thoroughly.
              b. Identify and list the problems to be solved.
              c. List the following for each problem:
                      i.  What form any output will take
                     ii.  The information to be output
                    iii.  The data needed to produce the output
                    iv.   The desired outcomes and performance criteria


Vocabulary
In this unit, pupils will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:
 Applications software, e.g., applications software, database, spreadsheet, word processing, desk
    top publishing, web design, graphics
 System Life Cycle: e.g., analysis, design, implementation, testing, evaluation, performance criteria.

Resources                                                                                                    Prior Learning
                                                                                                             It will be helpful if pupils have:




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GCSE Unit Dii: Presenting Information + AQA Assignment                                                                                         Unit Length:                       6 weeks


About the Unit                                                                                            Expectations
In this unit, pupils will gain experience of word processing and desktop publishing packages. They will   Most pupils will be able to:         Identify needs and opportunities and analyse, design and evaluate
use this knowledge to complete the relevant task in the AQA-Set Assignment. They will also learn how                                           appropriate ways of addressing these using ICT. Explore, develop
to evaluate why particular hardware and software is appropriate for a particular task.                                                         and interpret information to carry out a range of tasks and produce
                                                                                                                                               appropriate solutions to problems. Use ICT to share, exchange and
What the Unit Covers                                                                                                                           present work, demonstrating a consideration of audience and
                                                                                                                                               purpose
Word processing                                                                                    9.6
Software used should allow:                                                                               Some pupils will not have made       Respond to needs and opportunities and evaluate ways of addressing
              a. the movement, copying and deletion of blocks of text                                     so much progress. They will be       these using ICT systems. Use ICT to explore, develop and
              b. the alteration of margins and spacing                                                    able to:                             interpret information. Use ICT to share, exchange and present
              c. the use of tabulation                                                                                                         work and demonstrate how it contributes to the development of
              d. left, right, centred and full justification                                       9.6                                         their ideas.
Desk top publishing
Software used should allow:
                                                                                                          Some pupils will have progressed     Evaluate information sources, software packages and computer
              a. text and graphics to be imported
                                                                                                          further. They will be able to:       models, analysing the situations for which they were developed and
              b. text and graphics to be positioned on the page
                                                                                                                                               assessing their efficiency, appropriateness and ease of use.
              c. text to be formatted, including, changes in font type, style, and size
                                                                                                                                               Explore, develop and interpret information to carry out a range of
Evaluation of major hardware and software components of systems                                    9.9                                         tasks and produce effective working solutions to a range of
     1.  Explain why particular hardware and software is appropriate for a particular task.                                                    problems, including designing and implementing systems for others
     2. Develop criteria for evaluating hardware and software.                                                                                 to use. Use ICT to share, exchange and present work,
AQA-Set Assignment Task                                                                           AQA                                          demonstrating a clear sense of audience and purpose.

Vocabulary
In this unit, pupils will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:
 Word Processing, e.g., copy, cut, paste, margin, spacing, tabulation, justification.
 Desktop Publishing: e.g., text, graphics, import, position, format, type, style.
 Hardware and Software:, e.g., hardware, software, performance criteria, desired outcomes.

Resources                                                                                                 Prior Learning
                                                                                                          It will be helpful if pupils have:




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GCSE Unit Diii: Spreadsheets, modelling and simulation + AQA                                                                                  Unit Length:                       6 weeks


About the Unit                                                                                             Expectations
In this unit, pupils will gain experience of Spreadsheets including the creation of charts and their use   Most pupils will be able to:       Identify needs and opportunities and analyse, design and evaluate
for modelling. They will use this knowledge to complete the relevant task in the AQA-Set Assignment.                                          appropriate ways of addressing these using ICT. Explore, develop
                                                                                                                                              and interpret information to carry out a range of tasks and produce
                                                                                                                                              appropriate solutions to problems. Use ICT to share, exchange and
                                                                                                                                              present work, demonstrating a consideration of audience and
                                                                                                                                              purpose. Use computer models to investigate and test hypotheses.

                                                                                                           Some pupils will not have made     Respond to needs and opportunities and evaluate ways of addressing
                                                                                                           so much progress. They will be     these using ICT systems. Use ICT to explore, develop and
                                                                                                           able to:                           interpret information. Use ICT to share, exchange and present
                                                                                                                                              work and demonstrate how it contributes to the development of
                                                                                                                                              their ideas. Use computer models to detect patterns and
                                                                                                                                              relationships.

                                                                                                           Some pupils will have progressed   Evaluate information sources, software packages and computer
                                                                                                           further. They will be able to:     models, analysing the situations for which they were developed and
                                                                                                                                              assessing their efficiency, appropriateness and ease of use.
                                                                                                                                              Explore, develop and interpret information to carry out a range of
                                                                                                                                              tasks and produce effective working solutions to a range of
                                                                                                                                              problems, including designing and implementing systems for others
                                                                                                                                              to use. Use ICT to share, exchange and present work,
                                                                                                                                              demonstrating a clear sense of audience and purpose. Use and
                                                                                                                                              develop computer models to investigate and test hypotheses.




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What the Unit Covers
Spreadsheets
Software used should allow:                                                                     9.6
              a. text, numbers and formulae to be entered into cells
              b. the insertion and deletion of columns and rows
              c. formatting of cells
              d. editing of entries within cells
              e. replication of cells
              f. the solution of ’what if’. problems
Charts                                                                                          9.6
Software used should allow:
              a. the construction of bar-charts, pie-charts and scatter graphs from tables
                    of data
              b. labels on axes, legends and headings
              c. numbers scales on the axes to be edited
Modelling                                                                                       9.6
Software used should allow:
              a. an investigation involving changing variables.
              b. Examples of packages are:
                  i.     a spreadsheet for financial modelling;
                 ii.     a city planning and development program;
                iii.     a simple flight simulator.
Modelling and simulation                                                                        9.15
    1.    Understand that a computer model is based on rules and that accuracy of the results
          produced is dependent on the extent to which the rules are true.
    2. Show awareness of the use of spreadsheets for financial modelling.
    3. Understand that realistic simulators such as flight simulators and virtual reality
          software also rely on rules built into the controlling software.
    4. Candidates will be expected to have had practical experience of the use of modelling
          software.
AQA-Set Assignment Task                                                                         AQA




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Vocabulary
In this unit, pupils will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:
 Spreadsheets, e.g., text, number, formula, cell, row, column, format, edit, replicate, ‘what if’,
    modelling.
 Charts: e.g., bar charts, pie charts, scatter graph, labels, axes, legends, headings, scales.

Resources                                                                                             Prior Learning
                                                                                                      It will be helpful if pupils have:




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AQA GCSE Information and Communication Technology (Specification A)


GCSE Unit Div: Web Design + AQA                                                                                                                   Unit Length:   6 weeks


About the Unit                                                                                               Expectations
In this unit, pupils will gain experience of Web authoring software. They will use this knowledge to         Most pupils will be able to:
complete the relevant task in the AQA-Set Assignment.


What the Unit Covers
Web design                                                                                             9.6
Software used should allow:
             a. text and pictures to be imported                                                             Some pupils will not have made
             b. the use of table to position text and graphics                                               so much progress. They will be
             c. hyperlinks to be created from text and graphics                                              able to:
             d. hot spots to be placed over parts of pictures

AQA-Set Assignment Task
                                                                                                             Some pupils will have progressed
Vocabulary                                                                                                   further. They will be able to:
In this unit, pupils will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:
 Web Design, e.g., text, pictures, import, graphics, hyperlink, hot spot.

Resources                                                                                                    Prior Learning
                                                                                                             It will be helpful if pupils have:




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GCSE Unit E: Health and Safety                                                                                                                   Unit Length:                       1 week


About the Unit                                                                                              Expectations
In this unit, pupils will gain an understanding of the health and safety implications of using a computer   Most pupils will be able to:         show some knowledge and understanding of the health and safety
and the regulations covering the use of computers in business and commerce.                                                                      issues concerned with long-term computer use and the legislation
                                                                                                                                                 covering their use in business and commerce.
What the Unit Covers
                                                                                                            Some pupils will not have made       show knowledge of the health and safety issues concerned with
    1.   Know that using a computer for a long time can affect people’s health.                      9.22
                                                                                                            so much progress. They will be       long-term computer use and the legislation covering their use in
    2.   Know what steps can be taken to help alleviate stress, eye strain, or wrist, back and              able to:                             business and commerce.
         neck problems, when using a computer for long periods.
    3.   Know that there are regulations covering the use of computers in business and
         commerce to prevent injury to the users.                                                           Some pupils will have progressed     show a good knowledge and understanding of the health and safety
                                                                                                            further. They will be able to:       issues concerned with long-term computer use and the legislation
                                                                                                                                                 covering their use in business and commerce.


Vocabulary
In this unit, pupils will have an opportunity to use words and phrases related to:
 Health: e.g., stress, eye strain, RSI
 Regulations: e.g., regulations, Heath and Safety

Resources                                                                                                   Prior Learning
                                                                                                            It will be helpful if pupils have:




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