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GCSE ICT - Edexcel

GCSE ICT explores how technology works and the effects it has – not just on our daily lives but in everything from commerce and communication, to politics and the music industry. GCSE ICT will qualify students to operate confidently in today’s digital world.  It doesn’t teach how to build a computer, but it does show how ICT can be used effectively and safely. GCSE ICT is a useful, real-world qualification.

Course Content

Students complete Unit 1 - Living in a Digital World. This unit prepares you for the theory-based exam. There will be 1 lesson each week geared towards Unit 1.  This unit explores how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning, leisure, shopping, money management, health and wellbeing). They will also develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Students also complete Unit 2 - Using Digital Tools. This is a practical unit and there will be two lessons per fortnight geared towards Unit 2. Students will broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learn about digital technology in Unit 1 to produce their own ICT solutions.

Course Assessment

The assessment for ICT is split into two units.

Unit 1: Written Exam Paper = 40% of the total grade

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment = 60% of the total grade

The written paper involves sitting one paper for 1 ½ hours. The paper is single tier and will consist of a variety of questions including multiple choice, short answer, open response and extended writing.

The controlled assessment involves completing a task within controlled classroom conditions. The task is split into three main activities:

Activity 1 which includes the use of a database to extract and present information. Activity 2 which requires you to develop and use a spreadsheet model. Activity 3 includes a more complex product which integrates work done in earlier activities with further research.