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Awarding body: AQA
Specification number: 2520

Entry requirements

Five GCSE or equivalents at grades A* - C including ICT, English and Mathematics.
Average GCSE point score 40.

Course content

At AS, there are 2 complementary units concerned with applying ICT to solve problems and the study of the opportunities for and effects of using ICT in the world today. Candidates have the opportunity to put into practice a wide range of software and hardware to create solutions to solve problems:

  • INFO1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
  • INFO2: Living in the Digital World.


At A2, students study the concepts associated with the use of ICT in the 21st century. They also have opportunities for acquiring skills needed in the IT profession such as co-operative working and project management. These practical skills can be developed in areas of ICT that are of interest to them. Students can also use these newly acquired skills as a springboard into other qualifications and working environments:

  • INFO3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World
  • INFO4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World.


Student learning takes place predominantly in the computer lab.  Substantial time is given over to assessment through practical tasks which will ultimately lead to a significant practical project.  Time is also spent in the class room preparing for the examination component.

Why I.C.T. at Marlborough Science Academy?

ICT is very popular at Marlborough in part due to the strong hardware and software resources.  The department is led by an award winning practitioner with years of experience.

Expectations of students

The GCE in ICT qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree or alternative qualifications in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management.  You could also go on to work based training such as IT User/Practitioner NVQs or vendor-specific qualifications.

  • The ability to work independently, as well as within a team, in order to achieve specific goals.
  • Participate regularly during the tutorial sessions.
  • Ensure all homework set is completed punctually and appropriately.
  • Take responsibly for organising and pacing work to meet deadlines.
  • Be proactive in contacting their tutor and conducting their studies

Career paths

  • Software development
  • E-product designer
  • Network management
  • Data analyst

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How to apply

Mr J Rutherford, The Marlborough Science Academy.