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ICT - A2 Level at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

The course aims to develop knowledge in the following areas:

  • ICT sector and an understanding of contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to participate in the operation and development of real ICT organisations.
  • To work autonomously and effectively in an ICT context.

There is no AS Level qualification in this 2 year course. So you need to complete the 2 year course to gain the qualification. It is 60% coursework based; this is great if you’re not very good at examinations, & means that your teacher can give you lots of support & guidance that you would not get in examined subjects. There are also two compulsory exams. There are 5 units of work that need to be completed over the two years, 2 exams and 3 coursework units, all equally weighted & each carrying a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction. If you achieve at least 4 units of work at ‘D’ grade & the other at M grade, you will be awarded a ‘D*’ grade overall. The 2 examined units are in Fundamentals of IT and Global Information. There are then 3 optional units to complete, chosen from a further 22. These have to be chosen to follow a specialist pathway, in either ‘Infrastructure Technician, ‘Emerging Digital Technologies’, or ‘App developer’ with units dedicated to each pathway. A pathway must be chosen at the start of the course and does show employers and universities that you have worked further in a specialist area.

  • Promote interaction between employers, centres and candidates by relating teaching and assessment to real organisations.


Course content

Compulsory Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT

A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT. After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials.


Compulsory Unit 2 – Global Information

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential, and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge. This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types. This unit will help you to understand the legislation and regulation governing information that flows into and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. You will also learn the relationship between data and information. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as VM Ware.


Optional Units

These are designed to hone in on students’ strengths and areas of interest and lead to a 'specialist pathway'

These optional units include:

  • Computer Networks
  • App Design
  • Games design and prototyping
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Internet of Everything
  • Web design prototyping


Entry requirements

Ideally a Merit or Distinction at OCR Nationals level 2.

A higher grade at English GCSE (A*-C)


All coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated. Work is submitted for moderation at intervals (between 4 and 6) over the two year course. Work is always submitted much earlier than the end of the academic year, to allow for any emergency changes to take place. Exam opportunities are in January and June. There is one resit opportunity per exam.

Future opportunities

Study of this subject will help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+, Cisco IT Essentials and VM Ware.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: AS - one year A2 - two years