This GCSE ICT course has been designed to encourage learners to be inspired by following a broad and coherent course of study

This specification in ICT enables you to:

  • Become an independent and discerning user of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware if its implications for individuals, organisations and society
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts
  • Develop ITC-based solutions to solve problems
  • Develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact
  • Develop your understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT
  • Recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice
  • Develop the skills to work collaboratively
  • Evaluate ICT-based solutions

Students will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Current and emerging technologies and their impact on individuals, organisations and society
  • A range of ICT tools and techniques and the ways they are used in different contexts to develop ideas and solve problems
  • Legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental implications of the use of ICT for individuals, organisations and society, issues of risk, safety, security and responsible use of ICT
  • Collaborate working

Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Think creatively, logically and critically
  • Select, use and integrate ICT tools and techniques to meet needs
  • Find, select and evaluate information for its relevance, value, accuracy and plausibility
  • Manipulate and process data and other information, sequence instructions, model situations and explore ideas
  • Communicate data and information in a form fit for purpose and audience
  • Adopt safe, secure and responsible practice when using ICT
  • Develop appropriate and effective ICT-based solutions in a range of contexts
  • Evaluate your own and others’ use of ICT

You will study topics such as:

  • Data and Quality of Data
  • Home Business
  • Organisations: School, Home, Environment
  • Emerging Technologies
  • ICT and Learning
  • Applications Software
  • Information Handling Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Data Logging and Control
  • DTP Software
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Staying Safe Online
  • Data Protection Issues

Click here to see the full specification from the exam board.