A-Levels - A Level Information Technology (ALV1) at Barnsley College
Almost 90% of new jobs require digital skills to some degree. The relentless pace of emerging digital technologies has already transformed the way we communicate and work. As a result of emerging technologies, there is a growing demand for high level digital skills in areas such as cyber-security, cloud and mobile computing and data analytics.
This course is for students who want to study IT in a context that allows them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector. This course is not just about being able to use computers. Employers need people who are able to help them develop their systems or systems for their customers and use IT as a tool to analyse data and develop applications.
In the first year all learners will study the following two mandatory units; Fundamentals of IT and Global information. These units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector, as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale, as well as the important legal and security considerations.
In the second year learners will explore application design and develop a prototype to meet user requirements. Learners will then take two optional units. The optional units could include: cyber security, product development, mobile technology, social media and digital marketing, games design and prototyping, internet of everything or web design and prototyping.
We generally ask for an Attainment 8 score of 5.5 or above (including a 5 or above in English and maths). However, we will discuss entry requirements with you at interview so please come and talk to us!
Assessment is by examination and coursework.
If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.
You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*
You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267
FREE bus services!
We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.
Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus
Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus
South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus
Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus
These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:
This qualification will give learners a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the field context of applied IT, providing them with the opportunity to progress to a related HE course, enter an apprenticeship or move directly into employment.
Students may go on and study relevant IT degrees such as, Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Development, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks, Business Information Systems or Digital Media.
Past students have progressed into a variety of career paths, from system developers, web designers, IT support, to teachers and digital marketers. An IT qualification will prove valuable regardless of your chosen career path.
Additional Learning Support
Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.
We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.
Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123
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.