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Information and Communication Technology (Applied) - AS / A level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

The GCE in Applied ICT Single Award is ideal if you do not want to take a purely academic-style GCE, and with only one exam during the two year course it’s a very favourable option.

You get the best of both worlds by gaining a respected GCE qualification which is graded A – E, that encompasses a ‘real-world’ vocational approach.

From spreadsheets to websites, from databases to graphics, the GCE in Applied ICT provides a broad introduction to the subject and prepares you for study in  further or higher education.

The specification is not required to include the A/AS Criteria inComputing. Whilst Information and Communication Technology has many facets and pervades the whole curriculum, there emerges from the implementation of ICT systems in a range of applications, an appreciation of the approach, body of principles, knowledge and skills which constitute information and communications technology.

An Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary specification has been developed that will be open to all students, of whatever discipline, who are capable of achieving an Advanced level standard.

It uses a task driven approach to problem solving and decision making that relies on the effective use of information and communication technology systems enhancing the student's role as a communicator and adviser.

The specification also extends the student's conception of the effects and limitations of information and communication technology and understanding of the new opportunities it can create within organisations and society. It is recommended that, wherever possible, teaching/learning strategies should be substantially achieved through the practical use of information and communication technology resources to perform useful tasks.

This is carried through to the Scheme of Assessment where students will be required to utilise the full facilities of various packages and bring together their knowledge and skills to solve a real and realistic problem.

Course content

You may be wondering what the term “Applied” actually means.  In simple terms it stands for a hands-on, practical course that builds essential, real-world skills and also provides a deep understanding of how ICT is used in practice.

The course aims to produce effective, discerning ICT users who:

• Can select and use appropriate ICT tools and techniques to help them carry out 
  investigations, capture and handle data, solve problems, make decisions, and 
  present and communicate information;

• Are aware of the benefits and drawbacks of ICT and its impact on the way in
  which people live their lives;

• Can plan and manage projects and work effectively with others.

The AS qualification has a broad appeal and develops students’ communication and decision-making skills. The skills acquired through study for the AS level in  Applied ICT will strongly support further study in any subject area.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C or relevant subject.


The course is split up into six units, with three making up the AS and three the A2.

The AS units are:

G040 Using ICT to Communicate:
  Create a range of businesses documents for an organisation;

G041 How Organisations Use ICT:
  Learn how businesses use ICT to help them function;

G042 ICT Solutions for Individuals and Society:
  Use your research skills to solve a problem.

The A2 units are:

G048 Working to a Brief:
  Learn and use project planning skills;

G051 Publishing:
  Learn how to design printed publications.

G050 Interactive Multimedia Products:
  Design and build an interactive multimedia product.

All the units are assessed by coursework apart from unit G041 in Year 12, which is assessed by an external examination.

Note: You can study both GCE Applied ICT and GCE Computing together. We would, however, advise a broader choice of A-Levels.

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Future opportunities

The practical skills that ICT gives are transferable and of benefit in every walk of life.  It does not tie you into a particular academic area or career path, but gives you the skills to cope with technical barriers that may previously have caused problems.  Doctors, Lawyers, Designers, Architects, Film Directors, Business Leaders, all need to have a basic understanding of technical issues and technical proficiency and A Level ICT will give you that foundation.

This qualification is a recognised part of the National Qualifications Framework. As such, AS and A Level provide progression from Key Stage 4, through post-16 studies and form the basis for entry to higher education or employment.

Further information

For more information, contact Mrs Abbott.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesgrave High School directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2014
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