A-Level ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
By studying ICT (Information and Communication Technology), you will develop an understanding of how ICT can be used in society and organisations. You will also have the opportunity to do substantial practical work around both hardware and software.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. You will study four units and the assessment for A-Level ICT is by exam and project.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- AQA AS-Level ICT
The first unit, Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World will allow you to develop knowledge of ICT systems practically, by using a variety of applications software to address specific problems. In the second unit, Living in the Digital World, you will focus on ICT systems and components and explore the implications of the use of ICT in society.
- WJEC AS-Level ICT
In Information Systems, you will develop knowledge and understanding of data, information and knowledge, validation and verification, capabilities and limitations of ICT, uses of ICT, presenting information, networks and HCIs. In Presenting Information, you will use hardware and software applications to solve a problem that will require three separate tasks.
- CCEA AS-Level ICT
In Components of ICT, you will learn about key components of ICT, such as data and information, hardware and software, network communication and ICT applications. In the Developing ICT solutions unit, you will be able to put your knowledge into practice by producing an ICT solution to a problem.
- OCR AS-Level ICT
In Information, Systems and Applications, you will study components of ICT such as data, information, knowledge and processing, hardware and software, spreadsheets, relational databases and the role and impact of ICT. In the Structured ICT Tasks, you will design, develop, test and document a software solution.
The A2 ICT is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level ICT. This is not a separate award. The A2 –Level ICT with the AS-Level ICT makes up the A-Level ICT. The A2-Level ICT will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level ICT.
- AQA A2 ICT
The Use of ICT in the Digital World will allow you to learn about developments in ICT and technology as well as how these may affect how the world makes use of ICT. You will also explore management of ICT in a wide range of organisations, such as businesses, multinationals and charities. In the second unit, Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World, you are able to put your AS and A2 knowledge and skills into practice by producing an ICT-related system over a period of time.
- WJEC A2 ICT
In the Use and Impact of ICT unit, you will develop your knowledge of networks, the internet, moral, social and ethical implication of the internet, security policies, management information systems (MIS) and system development life cycles (SDLC). In the Relational Databases unit, you will produce a relational database project for an appropriate context.
- OCR A2 ICT
In ICT Systems, Applications and Implications, you will learn about the systems cycle, designing and implementing computer-based information systems, networks and communications and the applications and implications of ICT. In the ICT project, you are able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of ICT by designing, implementing and evaluating an ICT solution.
- CCEA A2 ICT
In the A2 unit, Information Systems, you will focus on database systems, networked systems, software development, the user interface, user support and training, legal and professional issues and implications of ICT. In the Approaches to System Development unit, you will identify, research a realistic problem for which there will be a real end user. You will then implement, test and evaluate your solution.
A-Level ICT Exam Board Information
- The AQA A-Level ICT specification is available on the AQA website.
- The specification for the WJEC AS and A-Level ICT is available here.
- The CCEA AS-Level and A-Level ICT specification is available on their website.
- The specification for the OCR AS and A-Level ICT is available here.
Many people study ICT so that they can study ICT, systems or computer related courses at university, such as Business Systems or Business Computing Solutions. Other students may choose ICT to support them in other career choices such as science and engineering.
By studying A-Level ICT, you are able to demonstrate to any employer that you have a broad range of ICT skills and that you are able to apply your understanding of ICT to a wide range of contexts and problems.
Other Useful Information
- AQA past papers and other resources for A-Level ICT are available on the AQA website.
- Past papers and for the CCEA AS and A-Level ICT are available here.
- OCR past papers are available on their website.
- WJEC have a variety of sample papers and other resources available.
- There is an extensive database of ICT resources here.