GCE A-Level Applied ICT [CCEA, Single Award]
CCEA's GCE Applied ICT qualification gives students hands-on experience of ICT and first hand experience of how it is used in real life contexts. Students also take part in practical work outside the classroom. This practical approach helps students develop knowledge and skills that benefit them both in employment and in preparation for higher education. The specification builds on the foundations laid by the GCSE ICT specification and the GCSE Applied ICT Double Award. However, students do not need to complete either of these courses before undertaking GCE Applied ICT.
This course will equip students with the practical ICT skills needed for both further education and employment. The practical approach encouraged throughout all six modules will enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of practices and techniques required for further education and the work place.
The full ‘A’ Level course has six modules, four of which are entirely coursework-based, which aim to develop students’ skills and experience in the Microsoft Office. The remaining two modules are externally examined. Each module is worth 1/6 of the final mark for the subject.
Module 1: Information and Communication
This unit is assessed entirely through coursework and requires the student to develop al business report using Microsoft Word, based on how information is communicated in an organisation.
Module 2: Software Applications and Tools
This unit is assessed entirely through an external, computer-based examination. This unit will examine students’ capabilities in Microsoft Office 2003 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Module 3: Organisations and Information Systems
This unit is entirely coursework assessed and requires the student to submit a report based on a business case study.
Module 1: Investigating Systems
This unit is assessed through external examination and focuses on exploring how computer systems are developed.
Module 2: Database Development
This unit is assessed entirely by coursework and requires the student to develop a database application using Microsoft Access.
Module 3: Website Design and Management
This unit is entirely coursework assessed and requires the student to develop a website using Microsoft Expression Web.
Students starting GCE Applied ICT in September 2016 will be the final cohort to take this specification. Final certification will be in Summer 2018 with a resit opportunity in Summer 2019.
(PDF), Last Updated: 15 August 2016
Specification (For first teaching Sept 2016)
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 June 2007
Teaching from September 2006, AS certification from Summer 2007, A2 certification from Summer 2008.
GCE Applied ICT Specification Update (S/IF/36/13)
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 May 2013
Instructions to Teachers for Summer 2013: December 2012 Uploads (S/IF/86/12)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 December 2012
Case Studies for Units 3, 4 and 14 (S/IF/35/12)
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 September 2012
AS/A2 Case Studies for Units 3, 4 and 14 (S/IF/100/10)
(PDF), Last Updated: 06 October 2010
Software Applications & Tools examination (S/IF/56/08)
(PDF), Last Updated: 12 November 2008
Case Studies (S/IF/77/06)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 September 2007
Amendments to Specification (S/IF/62/06)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 September 2007
Extension to Accreditation End Date - GCE Applied Business & Applied ICT and Change to AS/A2 Weightings (S/IF/07/16)
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 February 2016
Case Studies for Units 3, 4 and 14 (S/IF/61/13)
(PDF), Last Updated: 03 September 2013
There are a number of qualifications available at GCE Level. Students may undertake:
- AS in Applied ICT (three units);
- AS in Applied ICT Double Award (six units)
- GCE in Applied ICT (six units); or
- GCE in Applied ICT Double Award (twelve-units)
The three-unit award offers a broad based introduction to ICT and is suitable either as a complementary vocational course for students taking two to three other A Level studies or as a foundation course in the vocational area of ICT.
The six-unit course is appropriate either as further vocational study in the area of ICT or as a vocational AS or A Level for students taking two other A level subjects.
The twelve-unit course is appropriate for students planning to undertake higher level studies in ICT-related areas such as Web Design, Multimedia, Networking, and Programming.
The table below outlines the Applied ICT courses available at GCE. Units marked with a C are compulsory. Units marked with an O are optional.
|Unit||Title||Three Unit AS (Single Award)||Six Unit AS (Double Award)||Six Unit GCE (Single Award)||Twelve Unit GCE (Double Award)||Mode of Assessment||Weighting|
|AS Unit 1||Information & Communication||Compulsory||Compulsory||Compulsory||Compulsory||Coursework||16.66%|
|AS Unit 2||Software Applications & Tools||Compulsory||Compulsory||Compulsory||Compulsory||2 ½ hour exam||16.66%|
|AS Unit 3||Organisations and Information Systems||Compulsory||Compulsory||Compulsory||Compulsory||Coursework||16.66%|
|AS Unit 4||Web Design||Compulsory||Compulsory||Coursework||16.66%|
|AS Unit 5||Spreadsheets for Business Applications||Compulsory||Compulsory||Coursework||16.66%|
|AS Unit 6||Internet and Business||Compulsory||Compulsory||Coursework||16.66%|
|A2 Unit 7||Investigating Systems||Compulsory||Compulsory||2 hour exam||16.66%|
|A2 Unit 8||Database Development||Optional||Optional||Coursework||16.66%|
|A2 Unit 9||Website Design and Management||Optional||Optional||Coursework||16.66%|
|A2 Unit 10||Multimedia Technology||Optional||Optional||Coursework||16.66%|
|A2 Unit 11||Application Software Development||Optional||Optional||Coursework||16.66%|
|A2 Unit 12||Visual Programming||Optional||Optional||Coursework||16.66%|
|A2 Unit 13||Networking and Communications||Compulsory||1 ½ hour exam||16.66%|
|A2 Unit 14||Implementing a Business Solution||Compulsory||Coursework||16.66%|