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Information and Communication Technology A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

Course Content

AS Level:

  • How data is processed into useful information.
  • How data is transferred across ICT systems
  • Threats to ICT systems and how these are managed.
  • Management of back up recovery operations.
  • ICT related legislation. • Practical spreadsheet and website work.
  • Some coding skills taught to enhance spreadsheet and website projects.
  • ICT in society

A Level:

  • How ICT technology is managed in large businesses.
  • Planning and installation of new technology across large businesses.
  • Design and planning software.
  • Outsourcing of ICT hardware, software and human resources.
  • Practical website building skills: HTML, CSS and PHP.

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements.

Student Attributes

  • Good practical ICT skills.
  • Ability to learn new software.
  • An interest in the technical aspect of software.
  • Creative and good design skills.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.


AS Level:

INFO 1: 50% of AS Level – written exam (1 hour 30 minutes).

Students prepare a short document before the exam which describes practical work they have undertaken. Questions are asked about the practical work and some of the theory taught.

INFO 2: 50% of AS Level – written exam (1 hour 30 minutes).

Questions on the theory which includes one essay style question accounting for a quarter of the marks.

A Level:

INFO 3: 30% of the A Level – written exam (2 hours) covering all of the theory of the A-Level year. Mostly long answer questions with one essay-style question.

INFO 4: 20% of the A Level. A coursework project in which students build and upload to the internet a website that meets the requirements of a real client. 

Future opportunities

It will lead to further study of information technology at university and a wide range of other courses and careers which require advanced IT skills. These include Business, Graphics, Film, Website Production and Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson Thomlinson School directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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