We now live in an Information Age, where ICT is increasingly important to every facet of life. Developments such as the iPad and Facebook are changing our lives in many ways. This course allows students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of ICT systems for example blogs, podcasts, websites, multimedia displays.

Students learn through practical experience in using a range of applications software in a structured way.  Where A2 ICT focuses on the management and use of ICT in organisations, this AS course concentrates on developing an understanding as to why ICT is being used, when it is appropriate to use ICT and the implications of the use of ICT on society, now and in the future.

Course Overview

Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
50% of AS, 25% of A2

This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of ICT systems through practical experience in using a range of applications software in a structured way. Students should be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from this practical work to the solution of problems.

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World
50% of AS, 25% of A2

This unit gives students a wider picture of the use of ICT and provides them with the understanding of terms and concepts involved in the study of the subject. Students are able to discuss and comment on issues from a position of knowledge and they can do this only if they have the knowledge and understanding that underpins the subject. Students consider the important issues involved in the use of ICT by themselves and by others, and alsostudy the immediate effect on themselves and also the longer term effects on society and the world in general.