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ICT Applied AS/A2 Level at The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

This course forms part of the vocationally-focused GCEs. This broad-based qualification provides a more vocational perspective. Throughout the course, students develop all the necessary skills required in ICT and apply these within work-related contexts. The course also offers students the chance to personalise their path of study and obtain a qualification that meets both their individual aptitudes and interests.

Prior study of the subject at GCSE level may be of benefit but it is not essential. The course prepares students to enter a variety of ICT or computing degree level courses, or provide further training whilst in employment.

Course content

Computers are now widely used in all aspects of government, business, education, leisure and the home. In an increasingly technological age a study of Advanced Information Technology, particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is valuable to you as a student and is also useful in future employment.

The course provides an excellent foundation in the world of computers and Information & Communications Technology, covering a wide range of knowledge and skills in depth. The course at Helena Romanes will consist of 6 modules, all of which involve you working independently to produce a portfolio of ICT evidence. These include the Units listed below.

AS Units

G040 Using ICT to communicate

G041 How organisations use ICT Externally assessed

G042 ICT solution for individuals and society

A2 Units

G048 Working to a brief – compulsory Externally assessed

Two units need to be selected from the list below

G049 Numerical Modelling using spreadsheets

G050 Interactive Multimedia Products

G051 Publishing

G052 Artwork and Imaging

G53 Developing and creating websites


Entry requirements

The GCE in Applied ICT course is suitable for students who have achieved a CiDA or AiDA in Information Technology. In addition to study this subject you must achieve Grade C in English Language or Literature.


During the first AS year you will produce 2 assignment portfolios, which will be marked internally and moderated by the examination boards. You will undertake one externally examined unit (Unit G041).

In the second year you will produce 2 more assignment portfolios which will be internally assessed and moderated by the examination board. You will undertake another externally examined unit (Unit G048), which involves you producing a portfolio that, again, can be taken into the examination.

Before embarking on each unit you will be provided with the mark scheme for that unit as well as extra information regarding how each performance criterion is met. A points-based system will be used and each unit will receive a grade, worth a given number of points, which are then added together to give a grade for the whole qualification.

Future opportunities

You will gain the academic foundation needed to apply for an ICT Course at University

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September