Welcome to ICT
In today’s world, where ICT is constantly changing, individuals will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy.
As well as the rapid development of new technologies, familiar technologies like television, telephone and computers are evolving and being expanded by digitised information. As a result of this, there is a growing need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies.
The OCR Applied ICT qualification forms part of the vocationally-focused GCEs. It employs an investigative and problem solving approach to the study of ICT. All specifications in Applied ICT aim to encourage students to develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector and apply these within work-related contexts.
Previous study of the subject at GCSE may be of benefit but is not essential. The course prepares students to enter a variety of ICT or computing degree level courses, or provide further training whilst in employment.
This qualification specifically aims to:
- Develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts, as a basis for progression into further learning in ICT-related fields, including progression from AS to A2.
- Develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations.
- Develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding.
In addition, the aims of the Advanced GCE specification in Applied ICT are to encourage students to:
- Apply their knowledge and understanding of ICT and use skills (e.g. planning, research, evaluation, problem solving) in vocational contexts.
- Develop an understanding of the impact of information systems on organisations’ personnel, policies and practices.
- Develop project management skills and an understanding of the need to work with others.