This is a new course that puts emphasis on the practical application of ICT.  It is a single award course that covers two units (one exam 40% and one controlled assessment 60%).

What will I study?

The GCSE in ICT comprises of two units and these will be studied in Years 10 and 11.

In unit 1, in this unit pupils explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).

They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2 is a practical unit. Pupils 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.  They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

For more information, please see Mr A Hafeez, Head of ICT

How is it assessed?

Unit 1 is assessed through a 1 hour 20 minute external examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.  The total number of marks available for this paper is 80.  This unit is worth 40% of the total GCSE.

Unit 2 is internally assessed under controlled conditions.  Pupils must complete a controlled assessment task provided by Edexcel.  Pupils have 40 hours in which to complete the task.  The marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria.  The total number of marks available for the controlled assessment task is 80.  This unit is worth 60% of the total GCSE.