Tuesday, 19 September, 2017



ICT gives you fantastic opportunities to work with a variety of technologies and offers you choices such as web design, games design or coding, making it engaging and enjoyable to study.

In today’s world, where ICT is constantly changing, individuals will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy.

The qualification has been designed to nurture digital literacy, and provide you with up-to-date skills, knowledge and understanding of the rapidly developing digital world around you.

This GCSE will:
• Improve your confidence in areas such as advanced software applications and games design
• Improve your understanding of the impact of ICT in society
• Enable you to keep up to date with IT and digital developments, at home and in the shops
• Provide you with IT skills that you can use to solve practical problems in all areas of life and work
• Allow you to develop technical skills which will give you a foundation for achieving ICT and Computing ‘A’ Levels

Throughout this GCSE programme you will:
• Develop your understanding of new and emerging technologies and how they work
• Look at the use of algorithms in a computer program
• Develop computer programs to solve problems
• Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of computer technology on society


ICT in Today’s World
• Written examination in June of Year 11
• 1 hour. 60 marks. 20% of the qualification
A written paper that includes a mixture of short and long answer questions

Practical Applications in ICT
• Controlled assessment
• Approx 20 hours. 60 marks. 30% of the qualification
You will design and create an ICT solution using a variety of ICT software applications

ICT in Context
• Controlled assessment
• 1 hour. 60 marks. 20% of the qualification
A written paper based on pre-release material.

Creative Use of ICT
You will solve a problem by creating and developing a multimedia solution with appropriate creative element

or Coding a Solution
You will identify a potential coded solution to a problem and solve using basic programming techniques

• Controlled assessment
• Approx 20 hours
• 60 marks
• 30% of the qualification 


You will look at what is meant by Information, how it can be used in the context of information systems and the impact of such systems on organisations and society at large. You will learn some of the basic technical means by which information systems are implemented. Alongside this study you will develop your practical skills in applications packages and produce solutions to structured tasks for your coursework.


A2 studies look more fully at the development life cycle of a corporate information system and its wider impact in terms of project management, user training and legal implications. The technical aspects will be covered in more depth. A substantial coursework project, based on a real life problem, will be developed throughout the year. Students are not expected to learn a programming language on this course.


The AS is made up of two mandatory units, which form 50% of the corresponding four-unit A2. One unit is externally assessed, and one is internally assessed through structured practical tasks. Of the A2 units one is externally assessed, and one is internally assessed through a major project.

Minimum entry requirements

Candidates should have at least a Grade C in GCSE ICT or equivalent qualification.

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