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OCR Advanced Award - Applied ICT 

Applied ICT

OCR Advanced GCE in Applied ICT

Level: 3

Subject Title: OCR Advanced GCE in Applied ICT

Awarding Body: OCR

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*‐C including English Language and Maths. Grade B in ICT/Computing would be an advantage.

Learning Method/Assessment

1 Written exam G041 – How organisations use ICT.

A selection of five internally moderated units completed throughout the course. 

Course Overview

The AS GCE is made up of three mandatory units which form 50% of the corresponding six-unit Advanced GCE.

In Applied ICT we aim to encourage candidates to develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector. We prepare candidates for further study or training.

We encourage candidates to:

  • Develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts, as a basis for progression into further learning in ICT-related fields. 
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations;
  • Develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding.

In addition, the aims of the Advanced GCE specification in Applied ICT are to encourage candidates to:

  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of ICT and use skills (eg planning, research, evaluation, problem solving) in vocational contexts;
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of information systems on organisations’ personnel, policies and practices.
Unit G040 Using ICT to communicate
  •  The information age;
  •  Communication of information;
  • Accuracy and readability;
  • Styles of presentation;
  • How organisations present information;
  • Standard ways of working.
Unit G041 How Organisations use ICT
  •  Types of organisation;
  •  Functions within organisations;
  •  Information and its use;
  • ICT systems;
  • The impact of ICT on working practices;
  • The impact of ICT on methods of production;
  •  Legislation.
Unit G042 ICT Solutions for Individuals and Society
  • Public-service websites;
  • Search engines;
  • Databases;
  • Use of spreadsheet facilities;
  • Development of spreadsheets to present results of data analysis;
  • Presentation of the results of an investigation.
Unit 044 Problem Solving using ICT
  • Information;
  • Software;
  • Quality procedures;
  • Systems;
  • Evaluation of the solution.


Unit G045 Software Development - Design
  • Feasibility studies;
  • The investigation stage;
  • Structured analysis;
  • Design of forms and layouts;
  • Producing a conclusion.
Unit G046 Communicating using Computers
  • Acronyms and technical terms used in communicating using computers;
  • The internet and intranets;
  • The internet and communications systems;
  • Web server requirements;
  • Internet tools;
  • Internet websites;
  • Setting up a computer system for use on the internet.
Unit G047 Introduction to Programming
  • Programming languages;
  • Program structure.


Expectations of Students
Suitable applicants must be self-motivated, hardworking, committed, have excellent attendance and a genuine interest in the computing industry.
Further Reading
It is advised that prospective candidates familiarise themselves with the following software applications- Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.  Primarily Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access (Databases). 
Career Opportunities

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Web designer
  • Web developer

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • IT sales professional
  • IT trainer

Skills for your CV

Computer Science teaches you subject-specific skills including:

  • Software tools and packages such as Microsoft Office.
  • Design/ Website design
  • Numerical reasoning – Developing Spreadsheet Models
  • Professional Presentation of Information.