Course Overview: Information Communication Technology

This course provides students with an understanding of how computers and digital technology are vital in the modern world. Students will explore what it is to be a responsible digital citizen, and through independent coursework, will build skills and experience of a wide range of professional software packages.  For many students, the course will enable the refinement of creative abilities and support the development of independent thinking and critical thinking as well as prepare them for the many ways in which they will use technology in their future beyond education.

Course Components

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World (40% of final GCSE)

In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students 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). Students 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 (60% of final GCSE)

This is a practical unit. Students will broaden and enhance your ICT skills and capability. They will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce a range of ICT based solutions e.g. design a website, develop a spreadsheet model, produce a promotional video, design and develop a database. Students will learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt a safe, secure and responsible practice.

Course Information

Course Name: Information Communication Technology
Qualification Type: GCSE
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Specification Code: 2IT02

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After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • Controlled Assessment Catch Up (weekly sessions after school)
  • Delivery of CAGIT workshops to primary pupils (every summer term)
  • ICT Drop in (lunch and after school each day)
  • Independent study - all resources are available on the schools VLE