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ICT AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

In today’s world where ICT is constantly changing, learners increasingly need technological and information literacy skills. These skills are now as vital as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy.

As well as the rapid development of new technologies, familiar technologies like television, telephone and computers are evolving and being expanded by digitised information.

As a result of this there is a growing need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies. OCR’s A level ICT encourages learners to become discerning users of ICT. It allows them to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding.

Course content

Unit 1 Information, Systems and Applications

  • Data, information, knowledge and processing
  • Software and hardware components of an information system
  • Characteristics of standard applications software and application areas
  • Spreadsheet concepts
  • Relational database concepts
  • Applications software used for presentation and communication of data

Unit 2 Structured ICT Tasks

  • Design
  • Software development
  • Testing
  • Documentation

Entry requirements

It is essential that students have good Mathematics and English skills. It is not a requirement that students have studied GCSE ICT.


2 x 2 hour examinations (each worth 30%) Coursework 40% - communication and presentation skills that can be transferred into the business world. These practical elements give learners the opportunity to shine.

The A2 course further develops a student’s knowledge of ICT in the real world - looking at systems design and the application of ICT. The final unit is an ICT project that brings all the elements of the course together.

Future opportunities

This course provides a suitable qualification to progress on to University or full time employment. It leads to career opportunities within a wide variety of Information Communication Technology fields, including networking, applications and systems analysis.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sheldon School directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years