GCSE

Information Communication Technology

All Key Stage 4 pupils follow an ICT course that leads to either a GCSE Short Course qualification or a Full GCSE in ICT.

Aims

The specifications aim to encourage students to:

 

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



Key features
 

  • The courses offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Northern Ireland.
  • This is a practical skills based qualification.
  • Single tier of entry.
  • This qualification will provide entry to AS Level ICT, vocational training and employment.
  • This is now a unitised specification.



Short Course GCSE

Specification at a Glance

 

Content Assessment Weighting Availability
Tools and Applications

  • Communications Software
  • Presentation Package
  • Information Handling Package
  • Spreadsheet Package
Controlled Assessment
60% January and Summer
Theory

Understanding ICT systems in
everyday life and its implications for individuals,
organisations, society and the wider world.
External Exam
(1 hr)

Terminal

Synoptic
40% Each Summer



At least 40 percent of the assessment (based on unit weightings) must be taken at the end of the course as terminal assessment.

A grade B or higher in the GCSE Short Course is required for entry to the AS/A2 Information Communication Technology course.
Full Course GCSE

Specification at a Glance

 

Content Assessment Weighting Availability
Tools and Applications

  • Communications Software
  • Presentation Package
  • Information Handling Package
  • Spreadsheet Package
Controlled Assessment
30% January and Summer
Visual Communications Technology

  • Using Graphics
  • Using Digital Video and Sound
  • Games Technology
  • Using Multimedia Assets
Controlled Assessment
30% January and Summer
Theory

Understanding ICT systems in
everyday life and its implications for individuals,
organisations, society and the wider world.
External Exam
(1 hr)

Terminal

Synoptic
40% Each Summer



At least 40 percent of the assessment (based on unit weightings) must be taken at the end of the course as terminal assessment.

A grade B higher in the GCSE Full Course is required for entry to the AS/A2 Information Communication Technology course.