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Information and Communication Technology AS/A2 Level at Alton College

Course description

ICT is about understanding and using computers to carry out tasks. Computers now have a real effect on our lives and have changed the way we complete business, communicate, spend our leisure time and learn. You will study how computers are used to carry out tasks in all areas of the modern world. The emphasis will be on software use rather than the hardware and programming of computers. Some of the questions that you may be asked are:

* What are the benefits and drawbacks of the use of ICT?
* What is a Management Information System?
* How can ICT be used to simplify complex tasks?

Course content

Some lessons will identify and then build upon your ICT skills, before using these practical techniques to investigate problems and then produce advanced ICT based solutions. There will also be theoretical lessons which will involve the discussion and research of a topic directly related to the use and affects of ICT in the 21st century.

Homework will be set each week and is likely to require approximately four to five hours of private study. This may include the further investigation of theoretical topics or some independent work to develop ICT practical skills.

Entry requirements

Students studying a 3 or 4 AS level programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 5.5 or above and at least a grade C in Maths and/or English (unless specified otherwise). Students with a point score between 4.5 - 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels.

It helps students if they have access to their own computer and Microsoft packages.


Coursework: AS – 40%; A2 – 40% of A2 Level ( 20% of A Level)

A level ICT comprises four units overall, two in each year. In the first year at AS you take units 1 and 2. You will also start some initial research for your second year coursework.

Unit 1:  IT Systems
Exam: 2 hour 15 minutes, 60% of total AS, 30% of total A Level

Unit 2: Presenting Information Task
Coursework 40% of AS Level

Unit 3:  Use and Impact of ICT 
Exam: 2 hours, 30 minutes 30% of total A Level

Unit 4: Relational Database Project
Coursework: 20% of total A Level

Financial information

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where applicable).

Estimated costs: textbook £15.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website

Future opportunities

ICT skills will help you in any future career and people with an understanding of ICT often discover many employment opportunities in a wide range of fields.
Many students select ICT to support their other subjects whilst others choose it as a specialist subject. ICT can also be combined at degree level with many other courses.

Jack studied A Level ICT along with A Levels in Geography and English Literature. He has gone to Oxford University to study Geography and ICT.
Alex studied Business and ICT at A Level. He has selected a course in Business Management and ICT at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alton College directly.

Last updated date: 05 August 2016

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