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ICT A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

Do you enjoy the use of modern technology? Do you sit back and wonder how technology works? Are you someone who wants to stop being the user of technology and wants to start designing and this technology?

ICT impacts on many aspects of our lives. This course gives you a real understanding of the technologies underpinning the systems we encounter. There is a good combination of practical and theory work.  Students will develop a wide range of ICT skills together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of ICT. Students are encouraged to become discerning users of ICT. This course provides an understanding and knowledge of ICT and the way it is used by individuals and organisations.

Course content

In this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of data, information, knowledge and processing and how they are fundamental in the use of ICT systems.

The course units also includes theory surrounding:

·        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;

·        The role and impact of ICT – legal, moral and social issues.

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a Grade C or above in GCSE English Language.


The coursework allows the opportunity to explore design, software development, testing and documentation.


The assessment of the AS course includes:

·        Information, Systems and Applications examination– 2 hours (120 marks and 60% of the course)

·        Structured ICT Tasks – (80 marks and 40% of the course).

The assessment of the A2 course includes:

·        ICT Systems, Applications and Implications– 2 hours (120 marks and 30% of the course)

·        ICT Project– (80 marks and 20% of the course).



ICT is ever evolving therefore we need to be equipped to deal with this. Most organisations utilise ICT in some form. You will be taught to: • investigate problems and develop ICT solutions within a business environment and other contexts: • analysis • design • develop • test • document • evaluate • understand the opportunities and limitations ICT brings to organisations, individuals and society • recognise the latest developments in ICT • think confidently, methodically, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically • understand the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society • understand social, cultural, legal, technical, economic, environmental and ethical considerations of the use of ICT • about the components, characteristics and functions of ICT systems (including hardware, software and communication) that allow effective solutions to be achieved • the skills to work independently and collaboratively • about emerging technologies and their implications for future use of ICT.

Future opportunities

The skills and knowledge you develop studying ICT opens up various pathways and is extremely beneficial whether you want to go into employment or university education. Students may pursue careers in a wide variety of careers including:

  • Systems analysis
  • Project management
  • Business analysis
  • Software engineering
  • Social researcher
  • Technician
  • Network management
  • ICT consultancy
  • Programming
  • Web development
  • Games design
  • Systems designer
  • Database management
  • Systems design

and many more…

Further information


An environment that supports the individual, is committed to your learning and is dedicated to your future.

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: 02 October 2015
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