Information Communication Technology prepares you for utilising ICT systems in the real world. During the course you will study a variety of different applications that will allow you to create a range of digital tools that are widely utilised in business. You will learn about how different current and emerging technologies work and how they are utilised to provide worldwide interactions such as ‘Online Shopping’, On Demand Services’ and ‘Online Gaming’. You will also learn about how data is stored and transmitted across large    distances using the World Wide Web and about the key principles that govern the safe use of technology in society.


In GCSE ICT you will cover two units. Both these units are broken down into a series of Topics.

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

Topic 1 - Personal digital devices

Topic 1 - Research and information gathering

Topic 2 - Connectivity

Topic 2 - Modelling

Topic 3 - Operating online

Topic 3 - Digital publishing

Topic 4 - Online goods and services

Topic 4 - Evaluating outcomes

Topic 5 - Online communities

Topic 5 - Working efficiently and safely

Topic 6 - Issues



These components are broken down into two main forms of assessment.

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World - Written Assessment

For Unit 1, students will sit a 1 hour 30 minute exam paper that tests their understanding of the theoretical concepts covered during their course. The examination paper is a question and answer booklet consisting of five compulsory questions. Each question has several parts. A variety of question styles are used: multiple-choice, short answer and extended-writing. The total number of marks available for the examination paper is 80 and it counts towards 40% of the students final GCSE.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools - Controlled Assessment

In Unit 2, students will develop a range of practical skills and will be assessed on their ability to utilise a range of ICT tools. Students will be provided with a scenario and they will create and document a solution that   caters to the end users’ needs. Students are also required to reflect critically on their work and to provide evidence of a safe, secure and responsible practice of ICT.

Students will carry out the creation of the digital artefacts and their documentation under controlled assessment conditions. The finished artefacts and documentation is assessed out of 80 marks and counts towards 60% of the students final GCSE.


Students should consider choosing GCSE ICT if they are keen to develop their existing ICT skills and to learn a range of new and exciting applications. They will learn to use new applications such as the Adobe Design Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash etc.) and will greatly enhance their current understanding of some more office based applications (Excel, Access etc.) If you are keen to know how the digital world works and how information travels across the globe in the blink of an eye, then this is the course for you!

For further details of this course, see Mr Daniels, Leader of ICT & Computer Science.