Mr R Tuck BA Keele, PGCE (Head of Department)

Examination body: OCR

The digital revolution has radically changed how knowledge is created, stored, accessed and communicated. Never before has the pace of change been so rapid and so pervasive. To live, learn and work successfully in an increasingly complex, information-rich and knowledge-based society young people entering further education or employment now need to show that they can utilise and manage computer technology effectively. The A Level course seeks to challenge pupils to become advanced users of computer technology so that they become confident technology decision-makers, self-assured independent learners and enthusiastic advocates of the subject who are:

  • capable information and computer technology users  
  • information seekers, analysers and evaluators
  • problem solvers and decision-makers
  • creative and effective users of productivity tools
  • communicators, collaborators, publishers, and producers
  • informed, responsible and contributing citizens.

The A Level aims to enable pupils to think creatively about developing and managing IT systems that are capable of solving the complex commercial and technological problems that all organisations face in today’s rapidly changing world. It does this by engaging pupils in studies and tasks that require them to logically analyse problems, produce solutions for themselves and to then critically assess the solutions developed. Within this context it is also important to learn about the social implications of IT, considering things such as legal and ethical aspects and the role of large organisations/corporations in the IT world.