Applied A Level
ICT is to be found everywhere in today’s world, and people with ICT skills are very much in demand in this rapidly developing industry.
The Applied A Level in ICT combines practical skills with academic theory. You will study a wide range of relevant topics to meet the
demands of a future working with the latest technology in a variety of settings. The skills that are developed over the length of the
course will enable you to analyse current information systems and then to design and build improved systems to meet the changing
needs of organisations.
The teaching team on the course is experienced and knowledgeable. We are committed to developing our students’ skills in order to
achieve their highest potential. We will work with you to ensure that you enjoy your learning experience and, if necessary, provide you
with additional support and guidance to ensure your success.
As well as traditional learning styles, the department uses a variety of electronic teaching techniques. Group work and individual tasks
are designed to enhance your development. We often invite guest speakers from local industry to speak to students about the use of
ICT in their organisations, as well as organising field trips to HE institutions and local businesses, where students have the opportunity
to experience future career options.
Female and male students alike enjoy high levels of success on the course and give positive feedback about their time at Bolton Sixth
Form College. We welcome committed and determined students to our course and look forward to your further success.
Entry Requirements: Students need to hold a BTEC First Diploma with at least a merit grade, or 5 GCSEs at grade C or
Structure of the Course: The GCE Applied ICT award is part of a new suite of vocationally-focused GCEs. Students will
undertake a total of twelve units over the two years of the course. As well as four mandatory AS units
and one mandatory A2 unit, there are four optional AS units and eleven optional A2 units from which
candidates can choose.
This new broad-based award provides good progression from GCSE. Using work-related contexts
and innovative teaching and assessment methods, the Applied A Level in ICT offers a broad
introduction to this vocational area. This award is designed to provide a progression route to higher
education or further training for employment.
Methods of Assessment: As with other GCEs, AS units and A2 units are equally weighted and in the Applied A Level ICT, each
level forms 50% of the total assessment. Aggregation, within and across units, means that candidates
can fail a unit but still pass overall and each unit requires 60 guided-learning hours. For the first year of
the course one unit is externally tested and five are assessed by teachers in the College.
Successful completion of the course will enable you to progress onto higher education or into a range of employment opportunities.
Additional Points To Note
This course will be complemented by the completion of other A Levels, or a re-sit in GCSE Maths or English if necessary. In addition
students are entered for Key Skills Communication Level 3.