This page contains information related to our GCE AS/A level ICT specification available in England and Wales (taught from 2008).For centres in England: please read the latest reform update for GCSE and GCE AS/A level ICT.Some might not enter any students for AS qualifications in order to free up more teaching time for A-levels, while others will continue to work in the same AS/A-level format.
This page contains information related to our GCE AS/A level ICT specification available in England and Wales (taught from 2008).
Grades will continue to be awarded on an A*-E scale.
but unlike before, your AS results won't count towards your A-level grade.
To undertake this course you should have proven skills, knowledge and understanding of IT, such as at least a Grade B in GCSE ICT or Grade C Computer Science.
You would also need to have a genuine interest in digital technology and a willingness to explore new ideas with an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.
The decision was made by the exams regulating body, Ofqual, on the basis that some of these subjects were too similar to others, or could be easily enveloped as part of other subjects in the future.
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If you're already studying these subjects, you won't be affected. Use our A-level Explorer to see where different combinations will lead you.
Under the new system being introduced, all A-level exams will take place at the end of Year 13, with no marks from AS-levels (if you take these) contributing to the overall final grade.
Across the board, there will also be less coursework and fewer practical assessments under the new system (in Wales, practicals will still count in biology, chemistry and physics A-level) - making that exam revision all the more important.
This specification aims to encourage students to: GCE Digital Technology can lead to a wide range of careers including multimedia and website design, software design, games design, computer programming, graphic design, IT management, CAM engineering and CAD design.
An Advanced GCE AS or full A Level in Digital Technology combines well with almost all other AS and Advanced GCE subjects.