Awarding body WJEC
Award (equivalence) 1 GCSE Grade A* – G
This GCSE in ICT offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for students to identify and solve real problems by designing information communication systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Information Communication Technology develops students’ interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.
Unit 1 – Understanding ICT
In this unit students explore the use of ICT in a home and school context. They will look at areas such as home entertainment; home and personal communication systems; home business; school environment and emerging technologies.
Unit 2 – Solving Problems with ICT
This is a practical unit where students use a range of software to complete the task. This will cover elements such as mail merging; email; word processing; spreadsheet modelling and database systems.
Unit 3 – ICT in Organisations
In this unit students explore the use of ICT in a business environment. They will look at areas such as networking; banking; computer control; robotics; safety in organisations and the social and environmental impact that ICT has on us today.
Unit 4 –Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions
This is a practical unit where students use a range of software to complete the task. This will cover elements such as website design; graphic design; creating animation or animated movie; presentations and creating or manipulating sound.
Students are encouraged to keep up-to-date with emerging technology as part of their learning experience.
Unit 1 (20%) and Unit 3 (20%) – External assessment: 90 minute examination for each
Single tier papers consisting of multiple-choice, short answer and extended-writing question styles.
Unit 2 (30%) and Unit 4 (30%) – Internal controlled assessment: 22.5 hours for each
Developing a portfolio of work to solve a real problem using mainly practical skills
Any level 3 ICT qualification including: OCR Nationals ICT (Level 3); A Level ICT; A Level computing.
ICT related jobs post level 2 qualification include:
Administration; ICT technician apprenticeship and more
Any employer will look favourably on a candidate with an ICT qualification with skills in using Microsoft Office applications.
After further education ICT related jobs can include:
ICT Technician; Network Administrator/Engineer; Games Designer; Computer Programmer; Website Designer; Graphic Designer; ICT Trainer; ICT Teacher; Animator; Working in Media and much more.