A2 Level ICT WGS


Students should continue to work on their ICT6 projects in the next couple of days. Have a good half term and then we’ll get back to the content of ICT5. The next topic we’ll be looking at is Database Management Systems.


February 12, 2009 Posted by | A2 ICT | Leave a comment

14.2 Worksheet & Essay

Please find the above here. Peruse it carefully and seek out similar questions and answers from the AQA past papers.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

14.2 Software

Today we’ll be discussing the criteria used in order to evaluate software. The presentation from Kesgrave High School courtesy of fatmax, covers this topic well. I’d have to say that its probably the ‘boring’ bit of this section, but definitely one which will be tested under exam conditions. I’m including a set of notes from North Chadderton High, but please consolidate this section with wider reading. We will move onto how reports are produced once software has been evaluated and finish 14.2 by looking at typical AQA exam questions.

February 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

14.2 Software

This section assesses how companies might go about deciding which software solution is best for their environment. Three areas are important in this topic: how software is evaluated, what criteria are used in order to do so, and how they report their findings.

The first unit we’re going to cover therefore, is Software Evaluation. Read through these notes and then we’ll try the exercise suggested by Whitby Community College – the software evalution task.  Software to consider could include; Sibelius, Comic Life, Internet Explorer or Firefox, Adobe Photoshop, or any others you might wish.

February 6, 2009 Posted by | A2 ICT | Leave a comment


Students will have realised by now the benefit of using a Web 2.0 application for teaching. Although school was closed on Monday and Tuesday, and I was in Paris with the Lower 6th, there was no reason why students should not have completed the work set. In fact, if you cannot get into school today either, I am setting work for you to cover. Watch this space, just in case school is cancelled tomorrow as I will post work on the blog regularly.

February 5, 2009 Posted by | A2 ICT | Leave a comment

14.1 Security & Backup Strategies

Here is a link to some sound notes on Futureproofing and Emulation.  Today we’re moving onto the second part of this topic, security and backup strategies. Students will have some knowledge of this topic as it was touched on when we did Disaster Recovery in ICT4.  A good start is with the advice from grsoftware, followed by the presentation with notes from Mortimer Wilson.  

Please complete the worksheet on this topic, to be handed in on my return from Paris.

January 30, 2009 Posted by | A2 ICT | Leave a comment

14.1 Policy & Strategy

Just to clarify the resources from the Fatmax page we’ll be using; the presentation based on Chapter 52 of the Heathcote A Level textbook, I particularly like the notes added by Mortimer Wilson as explanation, the resource from Antonine-Education, (notes version here) and as always, another version of the notes from North Chadderton High. As we move onto backup strategies, I’ll list the resources to use.

January 27, 2009 Posted by | A2 ICT | Leave a comment

Week 18: 14.1 Policy & Stategy

I didn’t get a chance to speak to students after the ICT4 exam, so we’ll discuss how that went today.

We’re going to crack on with the ICT5 content and begin with 14.1 – Policy and Strategy. This section covers the strategic implications for Hardware and Software and the organisation’s configuration choices; the range of different user needs, methods of enhancing existing capabilities and future proofing, and finally backup strategies. We’ll use the Fatmax resources as a start, and have a look at the rough outline of a strategy our ICT Department is going to flesh out in the next month. According to the Critical Success Factors – have we covered all the bases? If not, suggest where we could improve.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | A2 ICT | , , , , | Leave a comment


As for the previous week, students should be revising for this Friday’s (23rd January) ICT4 exam. They should also be working on ICT6. A good revision link is to be found to the right of the blog entry, under ‘Link to Revision for AQA ICT’. Although limited to papers retrospectively from 2006, it summaries the key data and definitions from past exam papers to provide a cohesive set of summary notes. As students are aware, AQA past exam papers indicate what type of answers are expected from candidates. You have been warned!

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


In the next couple of days students should prepare for the ICT 4 module exam and do work on ICT 6. As an alternative to the AQA exemplars, students could access some examples of database projects from the WJEC specification. Be aware that the specification requirements are different, and that these examples are just that – examples and ideas.

They can be found on the school intranet. Navigate to the A Level ICT Folder, then WJEC and finally the ICT 6 folder.

January 13, 2009 Posted by | A2 ICT | Leave a comment