Presently we offer CCEA GCE ICT, CCEA GCE Applied ICT and other level 3 qualifications such as Microsoft Academy. The GCE ICT course includes 50% coursework but is more demanding academically. This option is recommended for those students who may wish to pursue a career as an IT professional (e.g. programmer, system designer, network manager and so forth). The Applied ICT course is mainly coursework (83%) and would be a useful option for any general career pathway.ICT
The GCE AS ICT course consists of two units: one theory unit and the other is coursework. The theory unit is assessed by a 2 hour exam and a coursework unit which involves the production of a website & database application. The A2 course also consists of one theory unit and one coursework unit.Applied ICT
The GCE AS Applied ICT course consists of three units. Two coursework units are assessed through the presentation of a portfolio of work. Unit 1 requires students to produce a report for management that explains the nature, importance and use of information in a business organisation. Unit 3 requires students to submit a report and a PowerPoint presentation based on a case study. The remaining unit (unit 2) is assessed by a 2½ hours computer-based examination.
The GCE A2 Applied ICT course also consists of three units. Two coursework units are assessed through the presentation of a portfolio of work. Unit 8 requires students to produce a database application. Unit 9 requires students to produce a website. The remaining unit (unit 7) is assessed through a 2 hour question paper based on a case study.
In the Computing and ICT department we encourage pupils to:
All Year 8 pupils have 1 period per week to gain ICT skills in word processing, desk top publishing, spreadsheets, use of the internet and presentation software which can be used across the curriculum. There is also an introduction to Games Technology and basic programming skills using Scratch .Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Two subjects are offered at GCSE:GCSE ICT (CCEA)
This is a practical skills based qualification allowing pupils to acquire and apply creative and technical skills of ICT in a range of contexts. It also allows pupils to develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and to develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT.
The practical content of the course (controlled assessments) is 60% of the course and the theory is 40%. More information is available on the CCEA website .Computing (OCR)
While pupils will already have some knowledge of computers, this course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on "behind the scenes". As part of this, they will investigate computer programming. This study of computer programming will help develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. This is an interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects.
Pupils who study Computing at GCSE level will find this a sound basis to progress to the subject at A Level or university. They will have an advantage over other students who have not had the opportunity to study this subject. It is a good basis for computing, engineering and technology related careers. The course specification is available on the OCR website .A-level
The following subjects are offered at A Level:Computing (OCR)
This course consists of 2 modules at AS level and 2 modules at A2 level.
At AS level they are
At A2 level they are
The syllabus provides a firm basis for further studies in higher education in Computing and related subject areas.
For further information and the specification, see the A level Computing page of the OCR website .ICT (CCEA)
This course consists of 2 modules at AS level and 2 modules at A2 level.
At AS level they are
At A2 level, they are
Further information and the specification are available on the CCEA ICT website.Applied ICT (CCEA)
This course consists of 3 modules at AS level and 3 modules at A2 level.
At AS level they are
At A2 level, they are
Further information and the specification are available on the CCEA Applied ICT website.Software
Free software is available from Microsoft DreamSpark. This provides students with a wealth of software including Access which can be used for AS and A2 ICT coursework and Visual Basic 6 which is used for Computing. This will enable pupils to work on their coursework both in school and at home.
This is free to all sixth form students in the department. The department pays the annual subscription and the users are managed by the HOD.
Microsoft software is available to students at reduced prices from Software4Students .
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'An excellent resource. great use of exam questions at the end of each topic to consolidate learning. The exam questions follow a similar format to past papers. The definitions are good for revision since a lot of marks are for explaining them. The keywords, acronyms also help student focus on important technical terms they must use when answering questions on the topics.' '
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Comprehensive student companion, written specifically for the new CCEA specification.
Detailed notes and exam-style questions develop students� learning of every topic (answers included).
'Very comprehensive companion to the new spec. Strong on detail and content presented within a range of formats - use of tables, images etc. It does an excellent job of matching the learning outcomes of the specification. It has a sound structure for working through the content in the specification.'
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ZigZag Education sell Course Companions (above), Topic Tests and Practice Papers to support the new GCSE CCEA specification.
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"Excellent. this was a well laid out resource that clearly covered the theory from the syllabus. It relates very well to the spec and I would very happily use this resource everyday." - C Riddell, Head of ICT, Independent Reviewer
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Online support is internet based. The user follows a URL to a website, which may have E support i.e. email. The user’s progress and training can be recorded centrally. Material may only be available for a specific amount of time however synchronous e-learning is possible through video conferencing.
A user group may be a formally organised as a self-help group who supports one another in solving common problems. They may use a public contact point such as an Internet site, forum or bulletin board which other users can subscribe and post problems or read FAQ’s.
A training video can be used as a support for users. The video will be on electronic media i.e. CD/DVD which users can playback using any PC. A single copy of the video may be provided in electronic form e.g. .mov files. These files can be made available to network users.
A help desk provides the user with a special telephone number/link. The user can talk to a person who has experience of using the system or those who have access to a databank of common problems. The helpdesk operator can talk the user through a specific problem and may be able to take control of the user’s computer in an attempt to resolve the problem.User documentation
User documentation refers to documentation that is produced for a system. It is aimed to provide support and help for new users of the system so that they can find out how to do things. There are usually step-by-step instructions on how to perform a task. User Documentation may be in paper form or built into the system in the form of online help files. It will include hardware/software requirements, installation instructions, operating instructions and a troubleshooting section. User documentation can be used during installation in relation to the HW and SW, during the training of the system and while trying to solve a problem.User training
Several methods of training users with the use of ICT are online courses, interactive DVD’s and video conferencing:
An online course involves employees logging on to a system, completing a course individually with possible questions throughout.
An interactive DVD involves employees watching a DVD with the explanation being acted out for the user.
A video conference involves employees from a number of different locations following the same course at the same time from their own location.
That paper was so easy, it was insulting to me, the amount of work I put in. (This could have been an AS paper as it only really asked the basics of IT. ). Like define a Primary key LMAO
However in saying this, I was happy it was easy as I didn't have to stress over things much.
The only question I didn't like was the one asking how Expert Systems and Insurance teams. Really didn't know that, as I hadn't learnt that. Gave an educated guess.
In response to your question, I felt that it being Software Development, it was asking for the methodologies, i.e. Waterfall, Prototype, and Rapid Application Development (RAD). If you mentioned RAD, did you remember to write about the Four stages, and how JAD methodologies are used. Also how CASE tools are utilised.
The bespoke, off-the-shelf, etc. are ways of obtaining new software.
Overall I really liked this paper, it still just frustrates me, the amount of work I put in, for it to be so easy, that people who didn't know as much as I do in ICT, would find this really accessible and probably get the same grade. Reckon I've got about 110-114 out of 120 if I be honest with myself, and if CCEA aren't complete *******s about marking.
And the report question. OMG you could do that even if you did ICT for GCSE, or didn't do it at all.
Last edited by richard1123; 27-05-2012 at 14:00.
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That paper was so easy, it was insulting to me.
I certainly hope you nailed the ass out of the exam for how confident you felt with it. Are you really this arrogant in real life?
I was doing really well in past papers but that exam killed me. I needed just over 30% in it to get a B in the overall A level but right now I don't know what to think.
I apologise like. I just found it easy :/. What I'm saying is, I suppose to sound less arrogant and nicer about it, I probably prepared myself for really hard questions, i.e. talking about TCP/IP CSMA/CD and touch screen types, etc, I literally learnt everything I had to plus more.
Oh and no I'm not arrogant in real life. L Sorry if it came across as arrogant.
The only question I didnt like was on the Expert System and talking about insurance, thought that was rather specific to have to know. I didn't learn the applications of the Expert System in much detail. (-4 marks)
I have full marks in my coursework, need 20% for a B, need 60% for A, 80% for A*.
I was predicted an A*, that's why I'm rather confident about it.
What do you mean it "killed you" like what questions? If you can remember them, I'll say how I answered them, if that would help?
Last edited by richard1123; 28-05-2012 at 19:56.
Hey,this is slightly off topic but i just did CCEA AS ict and im thinking about keeping it on for alevel. but i was just wondering could anyone explain to me the grade boundaries with regard to cw being worth 50%
25% of the final mark is for the web-site
25% of the final mark is for data processing
50% is for the exam.
50% is for the coursework
50% for the exam.
So, overall in your final grade:
12.5% from AS website
12.5% from AS data processing
25% from AS exam
25% from A2 coursework
25% from A2 exam.
can any of you's help me with the A2 ICT applied exam. i have it tomorrow. help is needed.
There was one question about software development, did you write about bespoke, off the shelf, etc or about the waterfall, prototyping and RAD models??
What did the question actually ask? =S
can you give me guidance on what came up.Reply Register
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In year 13 pupils may choose ICT as an option. Currently the ICT department offers two separate A level qualifications at AS and A2 level. For those who prefer the practical approach we offer the new Cambridge Technical which is a replacement for the OCR National Levele in ICT. This is equivalent to an ordinary AS and A Level ICT.
Pupils have nine lessons of ICT a week. Both post 16 qualifications help pupils to develop a broad background in information technology. Pupils who have not studied ICT at GCSE can reasonably undertake both courses of study, but may need to complete extra practical exercises at the start of the course.CCEA A-Level in ICT
For those who achieve well in examinations we now offer the CCEA A level in ICT which is a course with two exams worth 50% of the mark and four coursework projects worth 50%.
This qualification will give students opportunities to:
This course will prepare students for a wide range of courses in Higher Education as well as employment in the ICT industry.
The course is made up of four units, two at AS and two at A2. These are listed below:
AS 1: Components of ICT - Exam - 50%
AS 2: Developing ICT Solutions - Coursework - 50%
A2 1: Information Systems - Exam - 50%
A2 2: Approaches to Systems Development - Exam - 50%
This is a new type of qualification that is equivalent to a standard A level. This is best suited to those who enjoy practical ICT. It is entirely coursework based with assignments that are marked by the teacher and moderated externally.
The qualification covers a wide range of ICT skills that would be a benefit to anyone looking for employment in the ICT sector.
For the OCR Nationals Pupils final mark will be based on the grades attained in each of the six units. All units are weighted evenly.
For the CCEA A level in ICT pupils mark is based on all four units, the units are equally Weighted.Homework
Pupils in year 13 and 14 are given homework once or twice a week. This will consist of written work or research relating to the coursework components.
Where possible, pupils are expected to work on their coursework at home to meet deadlines. Therefore it is useful for pupils to have a suitable computer at home with internet access but not essential. Pupils may use the ICT facilities during break and lunchtime to help to meet deadlines.
Pupils may move work between home and school using a disk or memory stick. These however must be virus checked before they are used in school. Memory sticks can be bought through the school, please use the 'Contact us ' link above the find out more information.
A2 ICT coursework is number one reason for a headache, especially if you take this task seriously. Actually, nobody is expecting originality and exclusiveness from your A2 ICT courseworks. You are not expected to make some serious scientific discoveries. A2 ICT coursework shows how good you are at working with different sources.
Information given below can help you make a good A2 ICT coursework. So, take it into consideration and follow these tips:
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