ICT - A2

L3 Level 3
Full Time
7 September 2020 — 11 June 2021
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The Information and Communication Technology A2 programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.

What you will study

This specification encourages candidates to become discerning users of ICT, developing a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding.  A2 ICT follows on from AS and covers the following two modules:

Module 3: Use and Impact of ICT

This is the theory component and topics studied will include:

  • Computer networks
  • Database theory
  • Impact of ICT
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Human computer interaction

Candidates should also consider other contemporary hardware and software.

Module 4: Relational Databases

This unit requires candidates to produce a relational database project. The database project does not have to be based in an actual commercial context, but candidates should be encouraged to develop a realistic system. 

When undertaking this unit, candidates should be able to:

  • Discover how a structured database could be used in an organisation
  • Understand data types and formats
  • Discover how data is captured and prepared for use in a relational database
  • Understand validation techniques to minimise errors
  • Learn and apply the principles of normalisation of data with respect to relational database design
  • Design, implement and test a relational database to meet a specification
  • Produce user documentation
  • Develop good practice in their use of ICT
  • Be able to evaluate their design

There is one exam which is 2.25 hrs in June, as well as one internally assessed and externally moderated piece of work.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.

Teaching and assessment

One exam and coursework

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

7 September 2020

End date

11 June 2021

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



GCE A Level in Information and Communication Technology


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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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