IGCSE ICT

The Course

In this course students learn the theory of the uses of ICT at home and in business, both in terms of hardware and software. They will become familiar with existing and future technologies and the skills learnt in IGCSE ICT are invaluable when going on work placements and when completing work in other subjects. The course will cover the use of standard applications packages which are required for both the theory and practical elements. 

The ICT IGCSE course allows students to demonstrate their IT skills in a final practical exam held within the college. This means that they will not have to complete a large coursework element as part of their GCSE. This will especially suit some of the more technically-able students, but all students will be given full training in relevant IT software on which they could be examined.

What skills do I need?

You should have an interest in computing and, ideally, some experience with applications packages.

How is the course assessed?

There two units. Unit 1 is the written paper. The questions will address: ICT systems; the impact of ICT; the use of ICT systems; how to find and select information; and how to develop, present and communicate information. It lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the total marks. Unit 2 is the practical exam. It includes questions to test your knowledge of the five application packages studied as part of the course in the following  areas: (i) art/imaging software; (ii) spreadsheet software; (iii) desktop publishing/word processing software; (iv) database software; and (v) multimedia  software. It lasts 3 hours and is worth 50% of the total marks.

Reading

Edexcel IGCSE ICT Student Book
By R. Crawford
Published by Edexcel, ISBN 978-0435044114

Exam Board and Specification Code

Pearson-Edexcel IGCSE 4IT0

Christine Gavin
Head of Department