This is the GCSE for students who want a general ICT qualification, which is all about using computers and understanding the basics of how computers and networks function. This is for students who want to complete a course focussed on using computers rather than how they work.
“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.” - Steve Jobs
You will be studying the GCSE in ICT course. The GCSE ICT covers more general ICT skills and sets you up for the future job market. It is all about how you are at using a computer and can you show off your skills with a number of pieces of software.
You can use it to go on to study IT in the Sixth Form by studying for a BTEC National L3 in IT.
Exam board website
Link to past papers
- 40% of the assessment is based on a 1 hour 30 mins paper based exam entitled "Living in a Digital World" and students 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).
- 60% of the assessment is based on a piece of internal assessed coursework lasting 40 hours where students 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.
Ways to help my child succeed
- Ask them about what they are doing in their ICT and Computing lessons.
- Prompt them to attend in school support sessions and lunchtime homework sessions in the IT Hub and IT rooms.
- NB: You don’t have to buy specialist equipment for home – we have plenty of computers in school that can be used at lunchtime or after school!