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