Technology impacts on every aspect of our daily lives: learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well being and whilst we are on the move. Today’s students have grown up in the digital age. They have the ‘know how’ on using technology, whether they are socialising on Twitter, broadcasting on Periscope or downloading music from SoundCloud and it has become second nature to them.

However students rarely stop to think just how does it all work? How are new ICT solutions developed? What are the risks and benefits of using ICT? This course build’s on young people’s love of digital devices and teaches students to be IT savvy users who understand the risks, as well as the benefits, and to use ICT safely and responsibly.

Course Overview

Key subject aims

The GCSE in ICT qualification enables students 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
  • develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems
  • 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
  • recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and
  • responsible practice
  • develop the skills to work collaboratively
  • evaluate ICT-based solutions.

Knowledge and understanding

The GCSE in ICT qualification requires students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • current and emerging technologies and their impact on individuals, organisations and society
  • a range of ICT tools and techniques and the ways they are used in different contexts to develop ideas and solve problems
  • legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental implications of the use of ICT for individuals, organisations and society
  • issues of risk, safety, security, and responsible use of ICT collaborative working
  • the use of ICT to support.

Skills

The GCSE in ICT and GCSE in ICT (Double Award) qualifications provide students with the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • think creatively, logically and critically
  • select, use and integrate ICT tools and techniques to meet needs
  • 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
  • develop appropriate and effective ICT-based solutions in a range of contexts
  • evaluate their own and others’ use of ICT.

Assessment

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

Unit code: 5IT01 – Exam representing 40% of the total GCSE.

Overview of content
In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of  individuals, organisations and society.
They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).
They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Overview of assessment
This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel. The total number of marks available for the examination paper is 80.


Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

Unit code: 5IT02 – Coursework representing 60% of the
total GCSE

Overview of content
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.
They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Overview of assessment
The unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students must complete a controlled assessment task provided by Edexcel. Students must complete the task within 40 hours.
Marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria.
The total number of marks available for the controlled assessment task is 80.

Home Learning Policy

Revision Books

    ISBN 1446903877
    ISBN 1446903893

Coursework

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

Topic 1. Personal digital devices
Topic 2. Connectivity
Topic 3. Operating online
Topic 4. Online goods and services
Topic 5. Online communities
Topic 6. Issues

Unit overview
In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.
They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).
They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.
The digital world is a rapidly changing one, with developments in both the technology and the way in which it is used. The content of this unit is specified using generic categories, avoiding the use of specific terms that will date.
Students should be encouraged to keep up-to-date with emerging technology
as part of their learning experience. Technology updates will be provided on the Edexcel website.


Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

Topic 1. Research and information gathering
Topic 2. Modelling
Topic 3. Digital publishing
Topic 4. Evaluating outcomes
Topic 5. Working efficiently and safely

Unit overview
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.
They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.