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Information & Communication Technology A level at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School

Course description

This exciting new specification brings the study of ICT up to date for the 21st century. It has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre.

The course enables students to:
  • Learn about the administration and management of Information and Communication Technology Systems;
  • Understand the technical background of the running of Information and Communication Technology Systems;
  • Develop problem solving skills and examine solutions not only from an academic, but also from an ethical or social point of view;
  • Develop Key Skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants to the Sixth Form need to have achieved a minimum of five FULL GCSEs at grade C or above as well as the entry requirements for the individual course:

It is desirable to have gained at least a B grade in ICT at GCSE.


AS level (year 12):

Unit 1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
  • Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50% of AS level
  • 25% of A level

Unit 2: Living in the Digital World

  • Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50% of AS level
  • 25% of A level


A2 (year 13):

Unit 3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World

  • Written examination 2 hours
  • 30% of A level

Unit 4: Practical Issues involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World

  • Coursework project report, marked by centre and moderated by AQA (70 marks)
  • 20% of A level

Further information

Career Ready UK is an initiative aimed at those students who are interested in pursuing a career in business. It represents the formation of a business school within the sixth form, and offers a framework for students to develop their business skills. To be part of this scheme, students must opt to take two business-related qualifications including: BTEC Business or BTEC IT; or A Levels in Business, ICT, Economics or IFS (The Double Business option can only be counted as one business subject). The Career Ready programme is particularly designed to motivate young people who have not yet realised their potential. Students are invited to apply in writing and if short listed, an interview will take place to ensure the best candidates are chosen for this programme.
Career Ready students will receive a programme of enrichment activities aimed at developing employability skills, business knowledge and self-esteem. Key to the Career Ready experience is the paid student internship: an industry placement for up to 6 weeks, earned through an interview. In addition there is the opportunity for every student to be mentored by someone from business, allowing them to reflect their learning to an adult other than a teacher. The programme will also involve various trips to business institutions and access to successful business role models. Students will be invited to a launch evening from which a formal selection process will take place. If students are successful they will be invited onto this prestigious programme. Over the past 10 years 98 students have benefited from this programme many going onto University to study business related subjects or entering the world of work after their A Level studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016
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