That Blue Square Thing

Applied ICT A Level Unit 1 - ICT and Society

Note: this page applies to the AQA Applied ICT A level specification. This exam was withdrawn in 2012, with final exams in 2013. The content will be retained as an archive and because it has some stuff that might be quite useful for someone or other

Mobile phone imageSection A & N - Timeplans:

There are 3 marks for timeplans in the combined rows A and N.

You'll need two timeplans - and initial one and an ongoing one. The plans need to be detailed and show all the key tasks you need to do and:

The ongoing plan then needs to show:

Timeplans are a fact of life in ICT courses I'm afraid. They're designed to make sure that you've developed some of the longer term planning skills that you'd need in the ICT industry (or, for that matter, any industry involving long or complex tasks). They're good skills - promise.

More importantly, they're easy marks to grab, so don't lose any of them!

Timeplan Layout:

I suggest a simple tabular layout along these lines:

Task/Sub Task Estimated Time Start Date Estimated date of completion Actual time take Actual date of completion Comments
Investigation Time
Read exam paper 30 minutes Nov 1 Nov 1 - - -
Create timeplan 1 hour Nov 1 Nov 1 - - -
Create Ongoing Timeplan 5 minutes Nov 1 Nov 1 - - -

Obviously this would work best A4 landscape...

Note: your timeplan should start on November 1st - or whatever date the exam paper actually becomes available.

Take two plans into the exam?

Don't forget - you need two plans. An initial one and an ongoing one.

This example shows that the first four columns need to be filled in on the initial plan. The last three columns then get filled in on the ongoing version - these can be typed for the investigation time tasks and will need to be handwritten for the exam time tasks.

Timeplan example

Thanks to April for sharing her timeplan as an example!

The Markgrid:

Read this. Read it really well. It's important to get used to how markgrids work. Can you see how it progresses from a basic timeplan for 1 mark, through a more detailed plan with times and dates for both planned and actual events for 2 marks?

And then how for 3 you need to have comments which show you used it to monitor your progress - and that those comments have to offer reasons for differences in times/dates? This is the main reason people don't get 3 marks in this section.

Markgrid row A
Note: this markscheme is a copy of one available freely on the AQA Applied ICT webpages. It is copyright AQA and reproduced here simply to make access easier for students. No attempt to claim copyright is being made, although I could have copied the text into my own interpretation...

You should probably look at That Blue Square Blog for all the really good other A Level stuff.