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ICT A Level at The Downs School

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Year 12 AS level

For Unit 1 students will investigate the impact information technology has had and is having on the life we lead. Through an analysis of the range of online services and the way we incorporate technology into our everyday lives students will develop a thorough understanding of how wide ranging and important the impact of technology is on society. In addition students will need to consider the impact the digital divide has on society, analysing the benefits afforded to those who have access to information technology and the limitations placed on those that don‟t.

For Unit 2 students will investigate the digital economy investigating how transactional websites and ecommerce are transforming business in the connected world. Students will select a transactional website to analyse in detail considering how the different elements work and how effective it is both from the perspective of the consumer and the business running the website. The unit contains a wide range of elements from business process analysis to database management and data security.

Unit 3 is an examined course focused on problem solving. It uses spreadsheet software in which students are required to use a spreadsheet model to manipulate data and provide recommendations to certain questions. Students have access to a pre-release version of the spreadsheet model and the exam scenario prior to the exam but will need to equip themselves with the skills to analyse and manipulate exam specific data and solve exam specific problems.

Year 13 A2 level

Unit 7 is an examined course focused on designing, building and using a database solution for a given scenario and dataset. Students will be provided with a pre-release scenario which they will need to become familiar with prior to the exam. The exam will then test their ability to create a database solution which will fit the dataset provided and allow them to effectively answer the questions posed in the exam.

For Unit 8, students will manage an ICT project from the initial project definition and proposal all the way through to delivery and client acceptance. This unit is run in conjunction with Unit 10 – Using Multimedia Software allowing students to manage a live project that they are developing. Throughout the project students will learn and implement the full range of project management skills from holding project review meetings with clients through managing action points and assessing risk within the project timescales.

Unit 10 allows students to show off their creative side by producing a fully working multimedia product. The Students will follow the full systems lifecycle taking the project from initial concept through the design, prototype, implementation, test and evaluation project phases. The multimedia product will have a real client and be solving a real world problem providing a very realist product development scenario. The project will be run in conjunction with Unit 8 allowing students to fully project manage the development of their product ensuring it is fit for purpose and delivered on time.

Entry requirements

Students should have a GRADE C in English and Mathematics. Students should enjoy using and learning about ICT and have an interest in developing the knowledge and skills needed to be a competent and informed ICT user and practitioner.


AS Level

Unit 1 The Information Age – 100% coursework

Unit 2 The Digital Economy - 100% coursework

Unit 3 The Knowledge Worker – 100% exam

A Level

Unit 7 Using Database Software – 100% exam

Unit 8 Managing ICT Projects – 100% coursework

Unit 10 Using Multimedia Software – 100% coursework

Future opportunities

A GCE in ICT enable students to go on to university to study subjects at a higher level, go to college and pursue further vocational qualifications (HND, HNC) or go into employment. ICT skills are much in demand and the ones students learn on this course will also support their studies in other subjects

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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