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Applied ICT AS A2 at Kingsthorpe College

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What is Applied ICT?

This GCE vocational course in Applied ICT is aimed at students who may be considering a future career in ICT or a related area. This is a more coursework oriented route than a single A Level in Computing or ICT.

Why should I study Applied ICT?

The course will encourage students to:

  • use ICT for the presentation and manipulation of information
  • gain knowledge and understanding of the main features of ICT and its use in industry, commerce and the service sectors
  • learn about the hardware and software used to provide ICT services
  • understand and apply the basic skills for manipulating spreadsheets and databases to an advanced level
  • develop skills of analysis and design
  • develop networking and web based skills
  • get their hands on systems and upgrade and build systems
  • develop their programming skills

Useful skills and interests

In addition to the academic qualifications, students who will benefit from this course are likely to have one or more of the following:

  • an interest in the application of ICT and Computing
  • good presentation skills and confidence in the use of ICT
  • enjoy building, upgrading their computer at home

Course structure and content

The course is offered as a single award, the single award being the user strand looking at how ICT is used, and is equivalent to one full A Level.

The first year units consist of the following topics:

  • Unit 1 - Using ICT to communicate (coursework)
  • Unit 2 - How organisations use ICT (exam)
  • Unit 3 - ICT solutions for individuals and society (coursework)

The second year units consist of the following topics:

  • Unit 9 - Working to a brief (exam)
  • Unit 11 - Interactive multimedia products (coursework)
  • Unit 14 - Developing and creating websites (coursework)

Entry requirements

For the Applied ICT AS Level you will be required to have 5 GCSEs grade C or above including English and ICT (desired)


The course is assessed by the OCR examination board and is a combination of external examinations and portfolio work. For the single award five of the units will be assessed through portfolio work and one through external examinations. Grades for the AS Level award will be awarded on a scale from A to E.

Course Commitment

Throughout the course there will be several intensive periods where you will be asked to work up to an extra three to four hours for the single award completing written assignments. It is very important that you allow for this within your commitments outside of college. You must also have good organisational skills and be self-motivated.

Further information

Progression Routes

The course aims to prepare you for employment in business or industry where you would use advanced ICT skills; it would also enable you to study Computing, Games Programming, Networking or ICT in Higher Education. This course is also suitable if you wish to pursue a career in networking and want to achieve this by training whilst working eg network technicians.

Full course specifications can be found at

If you require further information please contact Mr Patel.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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