A Level Information Technology

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code 9626
Entry Requirements IGCSE ICT Grade C or IGCSE English Language or Literature Grade B

Introduction

In a world where information technology (IT) is constantly changing, individuals increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. The impact of IT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who understand these new technologies.

This syllabus encourages learners to become effective and discerning users of IT. It helps them to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. Learners study the structure and use of IT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, learners gain an understanding of IT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also learn about the wider impact of IT on society in general. At A Level, learners also study simple programming for the web relevant to their own use of IT.

Course Content

Practical

8. Spreadsheets
9. Database and file concepts
10. Sound and video editing
16. Graphics creation
17. Animation
18. Mail merge
19. Programming for the web

 

Theory

1. Data, information, knowledge and processing
2. Hardware and software
3. Monitoring and control
4. E-safety and health and safety
5. The digital divide
6. U sing networks
7. Expert systems
11. Emerging technologies
12. Role and impact of IT in society
13. Networks
14. Project management
15. System life cycle

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1 – Written (105 minutes) 50% of AS total marks, 25% of final A Level mark

Paper 2 – Practical (150 minutes) 50% of AS total marks, 25% of final A Level mark

 

A2 Level

Paper 3 – Written (105 minutes) 25% of final A Level mark

Paper 4 – Practical (150 minutes) 25% of final A Level mark

 

Careers and Progression

Cambridge International A Level Information Technology provides a suitable foundation for the study of IT or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in IT, or as part of a course of general education. Cambridge International AS Level Information Technology is the first half of Cambridge International A Level Information Technology. Depending on local
university entrance requirements, the qualification may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in information technology or some other subjects.

For more information, contact Mrs Kirkpatrick