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ICT AS & A Level at Outwood Academy Newbold

Course description

An A-Level in ICT is an important qualification. All employers expect young adults to be digitally literate. An A-Level in ICT will prove that you are an advanced user of ICT and help separate you from the crowd. This course allows you to continue to develop your practical skills through the coursework elements while also enhancing your technical knowledge in the theory units. 

Throughout the course you will develop skills in:

  • Developing advanced ICT solutions
  • Testing ICT solutions

Course content

AS Unit 1: Information, Systems and Applications
This unit covers all the essential advanced level ICT theory. Topics covered include:

  • Data, information, knowledge & pro
  • Software and hardware components of an information system
  • Characteristics of 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

AS Unit 2: Structured ICT Tasks
The exam board will provide a coursework scenario, asking you to complete a set of 4 advanced ICT tasks. You may be asked to design, implement or test your solution

A2 Unit 3: ICT Systems, Applications and Implications
This unit looks at how converging technologies are impacting on society, commerce and industry. Some of the issues in Unit 1 are re-visited to a greater depth. Topics covered include:

  • The systems cycle
  • Networks and communication
  • Applications of ICT
  • Implementing ICT systems
  • Implications of ICT systems

A2 Unit 4: ICT Project
In this unit you will identify an ICT-related problem for a real client and solve it. In doing so you will design, create and test your solution.

Entry requirements

Grade B in English and C in ICT

You should be proficient in using the main Office applications and willing to learn new skills quickly.

All students should seriously consider an A-level in ICT. It is a broad qualification that is relevant to many workplaces and higher studies and will demonstrate clearly your advanced understanding of ICT in the workplace.


  • AS Unit 1
    100% written exam, worth 60% of the AS or 30% of the A-Level 
  • AS Unit 2
    100% coursework worth 40% of the AS or 20% of the A-Level
  • A2 Unit 3
    100% written exam, worth 30% of the A-Level
  • A2 Unit 4
    100% coursework worth 20% of the A-Level

Future opportunities

Higher level studies in an ICT related discipline, such as Business and IT. ICT is a useful qualification to have for most degree level courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Outwood Academy Newbold directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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