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There is an increasing trend for employers to look for technical trainees at GCSE, AS and A level standard. These technical apprentices can be further trained in the skills the employee requires, and are found to be extremely competent and useful after they have taken AS and A level qualifications in Applied Information and Communication Technology.

The course should be compatible with all other disciplines and makes an excellent subject to combine with Art (think of all that Web page designing), Geography (Data logging, G.I.S), Drama (set designs, control of sound and light), and Languages (who can doubt the use of IT to facilitate communication throughout the world), as well as Mathematics and Science (investigations recorded in spreadsheets, databases of plants, data logging).

Now universities are increasingly asking for proof of IT ability, which this course provides.


As the course has a considerable practical element, the computer rooms are open before school, at lunchtime and several evenings each week.

Supervised portfolio and case study work is a requirement of the board.

The specifications have been developed to enable students who have followed an ICT course at GCSE to continue their studies at a higher level.

It could enhance career opportunities and provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for students who do not progress to further study in the subject as well as those who wish to undertake ICT related university courses.

The specification will aim to develop:

  • problem solving skills, with the ability to analyse, appraise and make critical judgements and applying these to practical situations such as interactive multimedia products, publishing, artwork and imaging and developing and creating websites;
  • an understanding of the nature of information, its structure, application and implications of its use via studying using ICT to communicate;
  • an awareness of the role of information technology in the management, manipulation and dissemination of information by looking at how organisations use ICT;
  • a broad and balanced view of the range of application and information systems, their capabilities, limitations, and the implications for their use;
  • an understanding of the role of people, technology and systems in organisations;
  • an awareness of the economic, social and ethical implications of the use of IT systems;
  • learning how to work to a brief.


AS GCE consists of 3 units. Advanced GCE consists of an additional 3 (from 6) A2 units. Both the AS and A2 form 50% each of the final A level. Assessment is 33% externally tested and 67% by portfolio evidence. Case studies with pre-release material will form the externally tested element and continuous portfolio activities the practical element.

Looking Further Ahead

ICT has significant vocational content and enhances analytical skills which makes it a valuable background for students intending to take up careers in Information Technology including web page design, graphics and creative media, programming, computing science, creative gaming, networking, or business management as well as scientific / mathematical / engineering employment.

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