What will I learn at A Level?
This qualification is for learners 16 years old or over who prefer to study IT in a context that allows them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector. This qualification is not just about being able to use computers. Employers have told us that they need people who are able to help them develop their systems or the systems for their customers and use IT as a tool to analyse data and develop applications. Therefore, this qualification is designed to give learners a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied IT, providing them with the opportunity to enter an apprenticeship, move directly into employment, or progress to a related higher education (HE) course.
How will I be assessed at A Level?
Learners must achieve a total of 5 units consisting of 2 mandatory examined units and 3 further units. The choice of units will depend on the specialist pathway chosen:
- At least two externally examined units and a choice of three further units which are either examined or centre-assessed.
- A specialist pathway will be followed and this will be selected by your teacher next year.
No formal entry requirements, although suitability for the course will be assessed on an individual basis.
ICT can lead to supporting employment in many areas, especially those that have a strong connection with computer technology. It is also useful preparation for a university course in IT or computing. IT affects all areas of working life so an IT qualification is a must for almost any job.