Information and Communication Technology GCSE

What is Information and Communication Technology and what sort of student might it suit?

GCSE Information and Communication Technology (ICT) looks at the place and uses of computer systems in everyday life, at the increasingly important world-wide-web and at how computers work and what variety of software is available. It suits any student who has enjoyed using computers and wants to learn more. Motivation and hard work are paramount as there are many subject specific concepts to learn, a large vocabulary to master and lots of writing to do for the coursework projects. It is almost impossible not to benefit from studying ICT, whatever your future holds.

The Specification

AQA Information and Communication Technology 4520

Unit 1 · Written Paper

1 hour 30 minutes exam, 40% weighting

This paper tests students’ knowledge and understanding of computer systems, communications technology, information management and the theoretical aspects of the use of ICT applications.

Unit 2 · Coursework – AQA Applying ICT, Controlled Assessment
30% weighting

Description of a situation where the student is required to solve some given problems with appropriate use of ICT. The assignment is set by AQA, assessed by the college and moderated by AQA.

Unit 3 · Coursework - AQA Practical Problem Solving, Controlled Assessment
30% weighting

Candidates are required to solve a problem set by AQA and submit a portfolio of work that demonstrates their ICT capabilities. The assignment is set by AQA, assessed by the college and moderated by AQA. It allows the student to collect, select and format data, model it and evaluate their own performance.

The Course

Students receive 3 hours of tuition per week. The Autumn and Spring terms are used to cover the subject material and complete the coursework projects. The Summer term is used for revision. The college’s ICT suite is used for lessons devoted to the coursework projects. This room is also widely available to students during non-lesson time. A traditional classroom is used for the theory part of the course.

Recommended Reading

Title PublisherISBN
Spencer, D. et al AQA Information & Communication Technology - the Essential Guide Nelson Thornes 978-1-408-50584-7
Further reading to be recommended at the start of the course.