This exciting new specification brings the study of ICT up to date for the 21st century.  It has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre.  The course is ideal for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work, where understanding how ICT can be used in society and organisations, and the implications of its use, will be a valuable asset.

The qualification comprises 2 units (1 and 2) for AS level and 4 units (1, 2, 3 and 4) for A level.

Unit 1 – Info 1: Practical problem solving in the Digital World. (50% of AS level; 25% of A level)

1.5 hour written exam.

Section A: short answer questions

Section B: structured questions
To prepare for this unit you will design, build and test solutions to ICT problems in a variety of scenarios.  You will then take evidence of these solutions into the exam as this will form part of your exam mark.  During the course of this unit, you will cover Health and Safety; Analysis of a Problem; Solution Design; Input, Storage and Output Devices and Media; Selection of Software; Testing and Evaluation.  Typical examples of the products you will create are websites; interactive multimedia presentations; electronic photo album.
Unit 2 – Info 2: Living in the Digital World (50% of AS level; 25% of A Level)
1.5 hour written exam.

Section A: short answer questions

Section B: structured questions
In this unit you will investigate the wider issues of ICT in our lives, from the technical issues surrounding ICT use to the moral and ethical impact of technology.  During this unit you will cover: ICT systems and their components; Data and Information; People and ICT Systems; Transfer of Data; Safety and Security; Backup and Recovery; Advantages and Consequences of using ICT.
Unit 3 – Info 3: The use of ICT in the Digital World (30% of A Level)

2 hour written exam

Section A: structured questions using pre-release material

Section B: questions requiring extended answers
This unit looks at the management of ICT in the modern world, through several case studies that focus on how different organisations use ICT in their daily processes. During this unit, you will cover: Future developments in ICT; Information and Systems; Managing ICT and ICT Strategies; Policies; Legislation and Regulations; Development of ICT Solutions; Tools and Techniques used for Systems Development; Introducing ICT Systems into Organisations; Training and Supporting Users.
Unit 4 – Info 4: Coursework – Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World (20% of A Level)

Coursework marked by your teachers and moderated by AQA. Students build an ICT system over an extended period of time.

In this unit, students design a complex system to be used by an identified organisation.  This process uses the skills and knowledge gained during Info 3, and develops both technical and analytical skills.  Typical examples of systems are: a set of staff training materials on backing up and restoring network data efficiently; building components for a company Intranet; developing a Support Helpdesk System.  During this unit, students cover the following elements of Large System Design: Background and Investigation; Analysis and Deliverables; Designing and Planning for Implementation; Testing and Documenting; Evaluation of the Solution.