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Awarding body                            WJEC

Award (equivalence)                1 GCSE  Grade A* – G

Course outline

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.

Assessment

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

Progression

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.

Useful Websites
Teach ICT
CEOPThinkuknow
BBC Bytesize
Typing Test