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This specification brings the study of ICT up to date for the 21st century. It is for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work. Candidates can develop an understanding of how ICT can be used in society and organisations and the implications of its use.

Among the many benefits, this new specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • work co-operatively and manage projects
  • develop personal learning and thinking skills
  • provide quality ICT-based solutions to a range of problems
  • develop an awareness of developments in technology.
(Specification, past papers etc)

Thoughts on Essay questions from a student:

"I used to really struggle with the essay style questions, but after having spent quite a while on it with my teacher, there are really three main things to keep in mind (this can also apply with every question)."

These may seem really basic, but it's literally all you need to do:

1) Answer the question. Take the time to understand what the question is asking you as opposed to diving head first into it. It's better to take the extra time to answer the question as opposed to not answering the question at all!

2) Keep it in context. Especially for the essay question, there will be a context. Remember to refer to what your scenario actually is and not to include anything that doesn't relate to the context. For example, don't talk about the employer offering ergonomically designed keyboards/mice if the question is asking about Health and Safety for someone who uses the computer at home on a daily basis.

3) Keep it specific. Vague sweeping statements will cost you heavily, so make sure your answers are specific. Show the examiner you know what you're on about.

AS outline

At AS, there are 2 complementary units concerned with applying ICT to solve problems and the study of the opportunities for and effects of using ICT in the world today.

Candidates have the opportunity to put into practice a wide range of software and hardware to create solutions to solve problems:

  • INFO1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
  • INFO2: Living in the Digital World.

A2 outline

At A2, students study the concepts associated with the use of ICT in the 21st century. They also have opportunities for acquiring skills needed in the IT profession such as co-operative working and project management.

These practical skills can be developed in areas of ICT that are of interest to them. Students can also use these newly acquired skills as a springboard into other qualifications and working environments:

  • INFO3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World
  • INFO4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World.

For a full breakdown of the unit topics and assessment requirements, see the

**info taken from AQA Site