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AS / A Level - ICT at Blackpool Sixth Form College

Course description

This broad-based course looks in detail at how information is communicated using different technologies in different situations.  The course prepares you will for work and further study in the IT sector. The coursework element looks at different ways of advertising using technology.

Course content


Unit 1 - Information SystemsA Written paper of two sections, A and B. You will be required to prepare a spreadsheet on a specific topic in advanced of the written paper, which will be used to answer questions in Section B. Section A will cover the theory taught in lessons as follows:


  • 4.1.1 Data, Information & Knowledge
  • 4.1.2 The Value & Importance of information
  • 4.1.3 Quality of information
  • 4.1.4 Validation and verification
  • 4.1.5 Capabilities and limitations of ICT
  • 4.1.6 Uses of ICT (Business, Education, Healthcare & Home)
  • 4.1.7 Presenting Information
  • 4.1.8 Networks
  • 4.1.9 Human Computer Interface (HCI)
  • 4.1.10 Social Issues
  • 4.1.11 Database Systems
  • 4.1.12 Simulation Modeling 

Unit 2 - Presenting Information
This unit requires candidates to use ICT hardware and software applications to solve a problem involving three separate tasks: the production of (i) a document such as a leaflet or magazine (ii) a document containing automated routines, such as a mail merged letter. (iii) a presentation to an audience, such as a web page or slide type show.

  • Background & Analysis
  • Task 1: Desktop Publishing
  • Task 2: Automated Document
  • Task 3: Presentation
  • Compression Techniques
  • Evaluation

A2 Year includes:
Unit 3 - Use and impact of ICT

This unit is about the use and impact of Information and Communication Technology. A Written paper of two sections, A and B.

  • 4.3.1 Networks
  • 4.3.2 The Internet
  • 4.3.4 Working with ICT
  • 4.3.3 Human Computer Interface (HCI)
  • 4.3.5 ICT Security Policies
  • 4.3.6 Database systems
  • 4.3.7 Management of Change
  • 4.3.8 Management Information Systems
  • 4.3.9 System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Unit 4 - Relational databases
This unit requires candidates to produce a relational database project. The database project does not have to be based in an actual commercial context, but candidates should be encouraged to develop a realistic system.

  • User Requirements
  • Design
  • Implementation
  • Testing
  • User Documentation
  • Evaluation

Entry requirements

You do not need to have taken an ICT qualification at school, however if you have taken ICT as a GCSE or BTEC course, then a grade C (or equivalent) is required.


60% exam and 40% coursework in both AS and A2

Exam board: WJEC

Future opportunities

Study and career routes include computer science, information systems, multimedia, software engineering, computer networking, e-business and information management, computer programming, business administration systems, systems analysis, network management, and teaching.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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