Information & Communication Technology GCSE

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (GCSE)

Examination Board

OCR

(J461)

Overview of the course:

The course is made up of four units of work studied over the two years of the course.

GCSE in ICT will enable candidates 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 their social and commercial impact

·         develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT

·         recognize potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice

·         develop the skills to work collaboratively

·         evaluate ICT-based solutions

Course content

Candidates should have knowledge and understanding of:

·         The main components of a computer system and a range of common applications where microprocessor technology is used.

·         Input, output, storage and communication devices and their appropriate use, advantages and disadvantages.

·         systems software, user interfaces, applications software, programming software and their advantages and disadvantages.

·         communication services, sharing, exchanging and managing information

·         types and purposes of different ways of presenting information: word processing and desktop publishing (DTP) software, slideshow, multimedia and web authoring software

·         the features of spreadsheet and database software

·         secure and safe practices in the use of ICT

·         the main aspects of legislation relating to the use of ICT:

·         common problems encountered when using ICT systems

·         how ICT systems have changed the way people go about their daily lives

·         how new and emerging technologies could assist organisations

·         the main components of computer networks

·         appropriate secure and safe practices

There are 4 units

Unit B061: ICT in Today’s World.

Unit B062: Practical Applications in ICT. Students create an ICT solution using ICT applications.

Unit B063: ICT in Context.

Unit B064: Creative use of ICT. Students solve a problem by creating and developing a multimedia solution with appropriate creative elements.

OR

Unit B065: Coding a Solution. Students identify a potential coded solution to a problem and solve using basic programming techniques

How you will be assessed

Unit

Assessment and duration

Maximum marks

Percentage of overall result

Unit B061 : ICT in Today’s World

Exam – 1 hour

60

20%

Unit B062 : Practical applications in ICT

Controlled assessment

60

30%

Unit B063 : ICT in context (Based on pre released material)

Exam – 1 hour

based on pre-release material

60

20%

Unit B064 : Creative use of ICT

Controlled assessment

60

30%

Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded a GCSE graded A*-G.

Post-16 courses available to you

The ICT Department offers two academic A level courses in Computing and ICT:

·         The AQA Computing A level course is very academic, suiting those with good English and mathematical ability, focusing on knowledge and skills. This course covers computer programming and understanding the technology behind how computers work.

·         The A level ICT course is made up of two examinations and two coursework projects over the two years. It suits those who enjoy the challenge of problem solving and working independently to produce professional level projects. It is a mix of both academic and practical skills.