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ICT AS/A2 Level at Christleton High School

Course description


ICT looks at the impact that the information age has on society. It aims to prepare students for today’s modern society by making them competent and discerning users of ICT systems. The AS/A2 ICT course looks at both new and emerging technologies along with existing systems and their potential impact. AS students will also be expected to consider the digitized information world in which we live and consider the potential advantages and disadvantages to citizens of these new developments.

Students who study ICT will be interested in the development of ICT systems and how they can benefit both organisations and individuals. Topics to be covered include the stages of development in a software system, relational databases, spreadsheets and software used for presentations.

In practical work, students will enjoy solving problems using standard application software. This work will be very similar to the coursework completed for GCSE ICT. Typically 3 or 4 tasks will be selected from websites, presentations, animations, publishing, databases and spread sheets.

These problems will be set by the examination board and have included scenarios surrounding an Internet Café, a Driving School, a Futuretastic Theme Park, a Green Energy Company and a Carpet Shop in previous years!

All of this will be considered in the light of current social, ethical and moral issues.

Course content


Entry requirements


5 GCSEs A*-C including Grade C in English.


AS/A2 ICT cannot be studied alongside AS/A2 Computing.



The ICT Specification is made up of 4 modules. Module 1 is a written paper covering a variety of topics, questions will consist of both short responses and longer essay style questions. Module 2 is a series of ‘structured practical tasks’ set by the examination board but marked internally.

The A2 modules include a practical project and an additional written paper.

Students should expect 4-5 hours of home learning to be set each week, which will include exam practice, preparatory reading and independent study.

Future opportunities


Students who study computing may go on to University to study the subject at degree level, but A level Computing is not a requirement for this.

The subject develops good problem solving and logical thinking skills which can be applied to many different subject areas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

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