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Brampton Manor Academy

Brampton Manor Academy

Success through effort and determination
Executive Principal
Dr Dayo Olukoshi OBE

ICT and Computer Science

Examination Board: Edexcel

What is the aim of the course?

The GCSE in ICT/Computing enable students to:

  • become independent and discerning users of computer systems
  • acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT/Computing in a range of subjects.
  • Plan, test, implement and evaluate solutions to given problems.
  • Develop the understanding of current and emerging technologies and apply them to the theoretical concepts learned.
  • Develop understanding of legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT/Computing 
  • Be able to link the world of ICT/ Computing to other subjects to help support cross-curricular learning.

What will you study in ICT?

The course is divided into two units.

  • Unit 1: Living in a digital world - in this unit students will explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.  The unit will be examined by completing an external 1 ½ hour exam worth 40% of the entire GCSE in ICT.
  • Unit 2: Using digital tools - this is a practical unit where students will develop and use their ICT skills to complete a variety of pre-prescribed tasks. The unit will be examined by internally moderated controlled assessment worth 60% of the entire GCSE in ICT.

What will you study in Computer Science?

  • Unit 1: In this unit students will learn a variety of theoretical concepts related to Computer Science including computer systems, binary representation, databases and programming.  The unit will be examined by completing an external 2 hour exam worth 75% of the entire GCSE in Computer Science.
  • Unit 2: This is a practical unit where students will develop a working computer program based on a given problem resulting in a written report.  This unit will be examined by internally moderated controlled assessment worth 25% of the entire GCSE in Computer Science.

How will your work be assessed?

In addition to regular tests, homeworks and other assessments, you will need to complete the above examinations/tasks in order to gain a grade in ICT.

 
For additional information, please contact: Mr S. Selvam