Information and Communication Technology [ICT]

Course Overview

The course consists of four units, two will be studied for AS and two for A2.

Unit 1 INFO1 Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
This unit should provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of ICT systems through practical experience in using a range of applications software in a structured way. Students should then be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained from this practical work to the solution of problems.

Topics studied will include:

  • Design of solutions
  • Selection and use of input, storage and output devices and media
  • Selection of appropriate hardware and software
  • Implementation, testing and evaluation of ICT related solutions

Unit 2 INFO2 Living in the Digital World
This unit is designed to give students the wider picture of the use of ICT and to enable the understanding of basic terms and concepts involved in the study of the subject. Students should be able to discuss and comment on issues from a position of knowledge and they can do this only if they have the knowledge and understanding that underpins the subject.

Topic covered will include:

  • Factors affecting the use of ICT
  • The consequences of the use of ICT
  • What ICT can provide
  • Data and information
  • People and ICT systems
  • Safety and security of data in ICT systems
  • Backup and recovery

Unit 3 INFO3 The Use of ICT in the Digital World
This unit looks at the fast changing subject of ICT, including developments in technology and ICT system capabilities, and how this might affect the world that makes use of ICT.

Topics covered will include:

  • Future developments
  • Managing ICT
  • ICT strategy
  • Developing ICT solutions
  • Development methods
  • Training and supporting users

Unit 4 INFO4 Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World
This unit provides students with the opportunity to complete a substantial project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time. In so doing, students will enhance their transferable practical skills.

Updated October 2018

Entry Requirements

A C grade at GSCE mathemetics is essential.

Course Delivery

The course is classroom based with 4.5 hours contact time in year 1 for AS and in year 2 for A2. There will be continuous assessment throughout the year through homework, class tests and mock examinations.

INFO1 - 1.5 hour examination
INFO2 - 1.5 hour examination

INFO3 - two hour examination
INFO4 - coursework

Progression Opportunities

Staying with Gower College Swansea, you could progress on to the HND Applied Computing

Progression can be to a higher education course or to employment.

Competition for IT graduates has placed them above lawyers and engineers in commanding high salaries. Many large companies are recruiting IT graduates actively and there are excellent opportunities to work abroad.



Course deliverable in Welsh