What is the course about?

The course has two units that need to be completed in order to achieve a GCSE award. The units cover how the use of digital technology has had an impact on everyday life and also offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills in using technology to help make our lives more efficient.

What will I study?

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. You will 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). You will 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

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

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1 is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

Unit 2 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.

Exam Board - Edexcel

What skills are required?

You don't need to have studied this subject before.

Studying ICT may lead to:

You can study ICT at A Level and beyond but GCSE ICT will look good on your CV whatever you go on to do. Today virtually all workers need to be confident operators of digital devices. Taking GCSE ICT will give you valuable digital know-how which is a key skill that you can use in all walks of life.