Sixth Form Information Technology


Why choose this subject?

ICT is a subject at A-Level which will compliment almost any degree course. Pupils often pick it because they enjoy the subject and have a good history of achievement in it. Many of our pupils progress to a wide variety of courses such as Medicine, Law, Accountancy and Engineering. Some pupils progress to specific ICT based degrees such as computer Science, Software Engineering and ICT.

It provides opportunities for progression to:

  • Career paths that lead to processional ICT Management.
  • People-orientated and socially aware fields of study.
  • Specialist academic study of IT/Computer systems.
  • Advanced study of modern technology-based systems.

Assessment Unit

Teaching & Learning Module

Nature of Assessment

Assessment Weighting

Examination session available

AS 1: Components of ICTComponents of ICT.2 hour external examination60% of AS30% of A LevelSummer
AS 2: Developing ICT SolutionsDeveloping ICT Solutions.Internal Assessment of two compulsory tasks:Data Processing (Spreadsheets) & Multimedia (Websites)40% of AS20% of A Level Summer
A2 1: Information SystemsInformation Systems2 hour external examination60% of A230% of A LevelSummer
A2 2: Approaches to Systems DevelopmentApproaches to Systems DevelopmentInternal Assessment of a Database Project40% of A220% of A LevelSummer

What sort of pupil should you be to do an A-Level in ICT?

  • Committed – ability to work on your own on complex ICT projects
  • Ability to manage workload by meeting key coursework deadlines throughout the year
  • Ability to think logically about procedures and systems, especially when completing the coursework.
  • Independent learner – have the initiative to carry out your own research and learning in order to solve a specific problem.

Coursework Requirements?

Three items of coursework are required across both years, two tasks in the AS year and one in the A2 year. Lower 6th coursework consists of a spreadsheet to solve a data processing task and Flash/Dreamweaver to design a website. Both of these tasks include a degree of basic level programming. The coursework in Upper 6th must apply a data-handling package to solve a real problem of significant complexity – the candidate often selects an ICT problem for a local business to base their project on using a database package such as Microsoft Access. Upper 6th coursework allows the candidate to demonstrate their skills in planning and designing a solution, software analysis, software development, and software application for a business/organisation.

Computing (AQA)

IF your_name ♥ programming AND_

Computing.TickBox = ü


OUTPUT (‘You’ll enjoy this course!’)

ELSE IF your_name unsure about course


OUTPUT (‘Speak to ICT dept!’)


OUTPUT (‘Have a nice day!’)


Computing is not just programming, nor is it the same as ICT. It is the study of how computers and computer systems work and how they are constructed and programmed. Its primary aspects of theory and application are drawn from the disciplines of Technology & Design, Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. ICT, on the other hand, is a skills-based course focusing typically on the use of computer applications in the real word.

Assessment Unit

Teaching & Learning Module

Nature of Assessment

Assessment Weighting

Examination session available

(AS) COMP1:Problem Solving, Programming with PASCAL, Data Representation and Practical Exercise2 hour on-screen examination60% of AS(30% of A Level)Summer
(AS) COMP2:Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet1 Hour Written Examination40% of AS(20% of A Level)Summer
(A2) COMP3:Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking2 hours 30 minutes Written Examination30% of A LevelSummer only
(A2) COMP4:The Computing Practical Project (PASCAL/Delphi)Coursework, internally assessed20% of A LevelSummer only

How does it differ from ICT?

  • Computing has less coursework than ICT.
  • All of the coursework and the computer based examination are based on programming languages such as Pascal whereas ICT is based on Microsoft software but can sometimes include some elements of basic level programming.

Some facts for Computing at Dalriada:

  • A-Level maths is NOT compulsory but it would compliment the course very well.
  • A-level Computing is more academic than ICT.
  • Pupils are expected to be self-motivated and independent learners.
  • Students who want to follow the Computing route must have a keen interest in computers and programming.

ICDL & OCR/RSA Text/Word processing – Sixth Form Enrichment Courses

Once again both ICDL and OCR/RSA Word processing has been a very popular choice for our sixth form pupils when choosing options from the sixth form enrichment programme, with 88 pupils completing ICDL and 50 pupils registering for OCR/RSA text/word processing this year.

ICDL – International Certificate for Digital Literacy

ICDL is the international standard in IT office skills, widely recognised by employers as proof of competence when working with IT.

ICDL will help you turn those one hour word processing jobs or spreadsheet queries into five minute tasks, while providing you with a formal qualification that verifies your ability.

ECDL photo

Some of the ICDL Sixth Form pupils

For further details click this link: International Certification for Digital Literacy

OCR/RSA Text/Word Processing

RSA certificateWe deliver Level 2 and 3 of the qualification. The structure of the qualifications at Level 2 and 3 complement each other and allow for progression and also provide the underpinning knowledge as appropriate to Level 2 or Level 3 competence based qualifications. This qualification has been long recognized as the qualification for all those working in business administration and is still the most recognized and respected among employers and recruitment agencies alike. OCR’s text/word processing sets graduates seeking real “employability” skills apart, and it is in demand by learners and employers. Employers such as the NHS, the Civil Service and legal firms demand this qualification from job applicants. Below are some of our pupils who have been successful in obtaining the OCR qualification.

RSA Photo

Some Sixth Form pupils completing OCR/RSA text/word processing

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