GCSE ICT (Year11)

Course Title: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam detail: 40% written exam; 60% controlled assessment

Why study GCSE ICT?

In our daily lives, we are surrounded by ICT, from the phones in our pockets to the computers on our desktops. On this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the devices, websites and online services you use, making you a more effective and safe citizen of the digital world.

There are very few jobs which do not require ICT skills and knowledge, which is why ICT is rapidly becoming the single most important subject in the world. Whatever career you choose, you will need the ICT and business skills you will learn on this course. What will you do in a few years’ time, if you do not have the skills and qualifications you need?

If you decide to pursue a career in ICT, you will find several of the best-paid and most promising jobs are jobs in the ICT industry. Some of the jobs titles within IT include: 3D Animation or Graphic design, Programmer or Software developer, Computer games/ app designer, Webmaster or Web Designer, Networking or System Administrator to name a few.

After studying GCSE ICT, if you decide to continue studying the subject, you could go on to take a BTEC Level 3 in IT, or an A Level in IT or Computing. However, the computer skills and thinking skills you have gained will be useful in any subject you study.

Skills you will develop:

Thinking creatively and logically / selecting and using ICT tools / finding, selecting and evaluating information for its relevance, value and accuracy / processing data, sequencing instructions and modelling situations / communicating information in a form fit for purpose and audience / adopting safe and responsible practice when using ICT / developing effective ICT-based solutions

Knowledge and understanding you will gain:

Current and emerging technologies / how to use a range of ICT tools and techniques to develop ideas and solve problems / legal, economic and environmental implications of the use of ICT / safe and responsible use of ICT


Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World

In this unit you will explore how digital technology affects the lives of individuals and society. Topics include:

  • personal digital devices, e.g. mobile phones, computers and games consoles
  • how devices communicate and exchange data
  • online safety
  • online services, e.g. shops, booking systems, banking, education and gaming
  • online communities, e.g. social networking
  • issues, such as security, privacy and the law

You will sit a 1 hour 30 minute exam paper at the end of Year 11.

Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit which allows you to broaden and enhance your ICT skills. You will use a range of tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions. You will also reflect critically on your own and others’ use of ICT, and adopt safe, secure and responsible    practice. You will:

  • research and information gathering, using different sources and databases
  • model, using spreadsheets
  • produce digital publications for various purposes and audiences
  • evaluate your own work and give constructive feedback to others
  • work efficiently and safely, e.g. planning, self-management and codes of practice

You will complete a 40-hour controlled assessment task.


student can progress onto A Levels  and BTEC National courses in ICT, Computing, Business Studies, all of which are available at RR6

Mr Bell (Head of Department)