AS-level ICT

Your first AS-level ICT unit will be assessed by examination and will develop your knowledge of ICT systems through practical investigation. This will include studying applications software, information systems and the social relevance of ICT. You will also have to design ICT systems to solve particular problems/questions. The second AS-level ICT unit could be assessed according to your ability to solve an ICT problem by designing, developing, testing and documenting a system. Alternatively it could be a formally assessed one investigating in more depth the interactions of ICT between individuals, society and organisations – considering especially the rapidly changing nature of ICT and the ethical and environmental issues this raises,

A2-level ICT

A2-level ICT continues to investigate the issues to do with the management of ICT in both public and private organisations. This will include networks, back-office working, MIS, disaster recovery etc and will go on to look at human-computer interfaces and ICT systems of the future. This unit will be formally assessed by examination. The final A2-level ICT unit is an ICT project that will be assessed as course-work. The scope for what you choose to do for your project work is quite wide here, but it will have to conform to a set format which includes: analysing a problem, designing a solution, developing the software, testing, documenting and evaluation – all of which must be peer reviewed.

Studying for A-level ICT Online

It is difficult to imagine anyone studying A-level ICT not seeking to supplement their classroom based work with online study and research. Indeed A-level ICT online projects are very popular and common, where the student chooses to solve a particular ICT problem by devising a website or online service as the solution. Alternatively A-level ICT students often search for examples of code to help them in preparing software solutions. For example, searching for JAVA code samples in an animation problem.

What Advantages Will A-level ICT Offer You?

There can be few jobs these days where the use and/or application of ICT is not important. Subsequently, people with proven ICT skills, such as an A-level in ICT qualification, are much in demand by employers locally, nationally and internationally. So, whether you intend studying ICT or computing at a higher level or are currently seeking employment - A-level ICT is an excellent qualification to have. There are no entry requirements to begin studying A-level ICT. However, having a good GCSE or equivalent NQF level 2 understanding of ICT is to be recommended. As report writing is important in an ICT environment - a good standard of literacy will be required too.