INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY GCSE

Why should you study Information Communication Technology?

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is so important for so many parts of our lives; in the home, in our leisure but especially at work.  If you apply for a job and you have ICT qualifications you are more likely to get it than someone without the ICT skills and qualifications. 

Setting

Depending on the take up for the new Computing GCSE, we will have one or two mixed ability groups, taught by Mr Lech or Mr Sharples.

Assessment

UNIT 1 Theory: Living in a Digital World – this is studied in ICT lessons, is worth 40% of the final grade and is assessed with a written exam which must be taken at the end of year 11.

  • In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.
  • Students 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 well-being, on the move).
  • They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

UNIT 2 Skills: Using Digital Tools - This is a practical unit and assessed in a series of controlled conditions ICT lessons – called a Controlled Assessment Brief – and is worth 60% of the final grade.  It takes 40 hours of lesson time.  

  • 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.
  • Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.
  • They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1.

The LLS Key Stage 3 course has already prepared you for most of the skills required.  In addition, you’ll find Unit 1 really interesting as it allows us to study the use of up-to-date technology – things that many of you are using and doing all the time.  Mr Lech and Mr Sharples will be explaining  both the Computing and the ICT GCSE to classes leading up to the Year 9 Information Evening – then come and see us in ICT2 to find out the latest news. 

Enrichment

We are continually enriching our course.  Every year we run joint trips for Year 11s and Year 12s to either Leeds Met or Teesside University to find out more about ICT at University AND in future careers. 

Support

IT2 is open most lunch times with support from Mr Lech and Mr Sharples.  The teaching and learning will be supported by an online scheme of learning on Fronter with a wide variety of electronic resources.  Nearly all the software that students use in lessons can be installed free at home.  Use of a computer at home, with internet access and/or a memory stick for transferring files to and from school will be essential.

For more details - please see Mr Lech or Mr Sharples and Google “ICT” “GCSE” “Edexcel” “2014”