ICT Department

GCSE ICT

Information and Communication Technology

Technoleg Gwybodaeth a Chyfathrebu

The GSCE course in Information and Communication Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems.  This is done by designing information and communication systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests.

Information and Communication Technology develops candidates’ interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. The syllabus encourages the investigation and study of Information and Communication Technology in a variety of contexts. The candidates are given opportunities to acquire competence, capability and critical skills through the creation, implementation, use and evaluation of a range of information and communication systems.

Candidates from all cultures and both genders can develop their interest in and enjoyment of information technology as an integral part of modern society.

This specification in ICT enables learners to:

  • become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society
  • acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts
  • think creatively, logically and critically
  • develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems
  • evaluate ICT-based solutions
  • develop their skills to work collaboratively
  • develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact
  • develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT as well as discuss issues of risk, safety, security and responsible use of ICT
  • recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice
  • 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

The breakdown of the GCSE ICT course

The GCSE course consists of the following units:

Unit 1 Examination paper – Understanding ICT 1½ hours (Full course 20%, Short Course 40%)
Unit 2 Coursework – Solving Problems with ICT – Controlled Assessment22½ hours (Full course 30%, Short Course 60%)
Unit 3 Unit 3:  Examination paper  – ICT in Organisations1½ hours (Full course 20%)
Unit 4 Unit 4:  Coursework  – Developing Multimedia ICT SolutionsControlled Assessment

22½ hours (Full course 30%)

The WJEC are responsible for setting a different assignment each year for each of the coursework units.

Where pupils do not opt for the ‘Full’ GCSE (Single Award) in ICT they will have one lesson a week to study for the GCSE Short Course qualification. Full course GCSE pupils will be required to complete both coursework units and both exam units (2 papers). Short Course pupils will only be required to complete 1 coursework unit (Unit 2) and 1 examination paper (Unit 1).

The importance of the theory element of the course must not be underestimated.  Homework is generally based on this component of the course and from the spring term of Year 11 will become more focussed on developing pupils’ examination technique and testing their knowledge of subject content.

How can parents help?

Pupils will be given advanced notice of lessons that will be used to complete sections of each controlled coursework assessment. It is vital that pupils’ attend these lessons or inform the member of staff concerned prior to the lesson taking place.

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