Information & Communications Technology (ICT)


Students will gain an understanding of software and hardware and their use within organisations and in society. They also develop skills and knowledge in the application and use of ICT based systems and solutions and have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. This course is a good route to A level ICT.


Unit 1: Living in a Digital World (90 minutes exam – 40% weighting of GCSE)

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). Students develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (coursework – 60% weighting of GCSE)

This is a practical unit. Students have the opportunity to 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. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Exam board is Edexcel