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    Could someone tell me the different between computing and ict in a-level ... maybe something about coursework etc.

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    I asked my friend who's just finished A Level computing and he said:


    ict = using software, knowing what different types of software does, etc

    computing = making software, knowing softwares in more detail, knowing hardware, knowing legislation, company procedures, etc
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    Put simply, in ICT you learn to use software to it's full effect, in Computing you learn to make/understand software.
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    ICT = A-level microsoft, outside of secretarial duties it has little relevance.
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    in ICT you also do about social, moral and ethical implications of ICT which is pointless but oh well it's easy
    the second year seems better so far because theres one Business type module and one Technical type module and a big project (OCR)
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    (Original post by Thelfo)
    I asked my friend who's just finished A Level computing and he said:
    Hmm, didn't know you had to do legislation and company procedures. Oh well.
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    All I can say is don't do ICT as I made that mistake. The mark schemes are horrendous and it's therefore pretty hard to get a good grade in the exams.
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    For the LOVE OF GOD do A-level Computing if you have the option
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    I don't do either, but I've also heard people complain that ICT mark schemes are too strict and complicated to get the grade you deserve on.
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    One of the reasons I'm not going to the sixth form attached to my school is so I can do Computing (that, and Further Maths).
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    thanks - im gonna choose computing then
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    Yeah, computing is the better choice. I found it incredibly boring but by the looks of it I would've found ICT even more boring. My teacher for computing sucked and I still got an A (for AS, although I doubt I've got any lower for the full A Level). Computing is more respected by universities too, as far as I know.
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    (Original post by Karvel)
    For the LOVE OF GOD do A-level Computing if you have the option
    I did orginally choose Computing, but my college said that they are not running the course in September, so I'm having to do ICT instead...
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    my sixth form dont do computing either so im doing it alone
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    I guess it depends on what you want to do to be honest, personally i think ICT is more valuable in terms of being able to know how to use a computer rather than knowing how to construct one.

    Computing= Computer Technician
    ICT=knowing how to use a computer, more effective get you a better job, in the real world employers want you to be able to comprehend with technology rather than knowing how to construct it. Computing does not offer any of that. :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Business Man)
    I guess it depends on what you want to do to be honest, personally i think ICT is more valuable in terms of being able to know how to use a computer rather than knowing how to construct one.

    Computing= Computer Technician
    ICT=knowing how to use a computer, more effective get you a better job, in the real world employers want you to be able to comprehend with technology rather than knowing how to construct it. Computing does not offer any of that. :rolleyes:
    I don't need an A level to know how to use MS Office. :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Nichrome)
    I don't need an A level to know how to use MS Office. :rolleyes:
    You certainly do if you want to get yourself recognised in the technology employment industry :rolleyes:
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    But why have an A-level in how to use Microsoft Office and knowledge of Health & Safety/Data Protection legislation?? (Difficult concepts to understand, I know)

    Utterly ridiculous.

    GCSE ICT I have no problem with (aside from the screen-shot frenzy that is the coursework), but the A-level is just.. laughable.
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    Go for computing !!!

    I always think of it that Computing is about making the programs you IT people are only just learning to use :p:

    Basically, you do everything you would technically based within IT in Computing but on a higher level, it's just a much more reduced version of IT's boring stuff. You still do things like Data Protection Act and Copyright and Patents etc. But its more actually about stuff you NEED to know :p:
 
 
 

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