Unit 10 - Investigating ICT in Business

This unit is a controlled assessment and assesses the subject content in Unit 9 Using ICT in Business. The
work must be each candidate’s own individual response, produced under controlled conditions.

Task Setting

All controlled assessment tasks will be set by AQA. Tasks will be replaced each year and will only be available for one assessment opportunity.

AQA will provide schools with pre-released material. This will require students to undertake an investigation into the use of ICT in business and a practical exercise.

Task Taking

  • Preparation

Before students carry out their investigation, schools should prepare them by covering the relevant section(s) of the specification. During this phase, schools should ensure that students are familiar with the skills which will be assessed.

  • Research and Planning

It is suggested that between five to eight hours should be allocated for students to undertake research. During the research and planning phase, teachers may give feedback to individual students to support them in their learning but this assistance must be recorded.

Students may work with others during the research and planning stage. Each student must, however, produce an individual response to the tasks.

Final Presentation

Students should spend between three to four hours in writing up their findings and producing the necessary document(s) or material. (Additional time can be given for students with special assessment requirements). When completing their work, students must work independently under teacher supervision.

This time may be divided into more than one session, provided that the teacher collects all materials at the end of each session, keeps them under secure conditions and returns them to students at the beginning of the next session.

Schools are not allowed to give feedback to students during this time.

Task Marking

Schools must mark all controlled assessments using the marking criteria shown in the specification.  All controlled assessment work will be moderated by AQA according to the procedures outlined in section 7 of the specification. This, along with the marking criteria is available to download.