Computing & ICT

KS4

Subject Name Syllabus Examination Board
GCSE ICT (Single Award) 21T01 Edexcel
GCSE ICT (Double Award) 21T02 Edexcel

ICT is a very popular GCSE subject.

This GCSE ICT qualification features up-to-date ideas related directly to the world of technology and ICT. It is a course which engages students, is exciting, relevant and sets students up well for further study in the field of ICT. Its assessment is a combination of controlled assessment and examination. It involves completing two units of study for the single award and 4 units of study for the double award.  All students are entered for the single award in GCSE ICT.

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

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 wellbeing and on the move). They also develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

This unit is worth 40% of the total mark and is assessed in a 1½ hour written examination.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit. 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 also learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

This unit is worth 60% of the total mark and is assessed internally via a 40 hour Controlled Assessment task.


GCSE Computer Science

Subject Name Syllabus Examination Board
GCSE Computing J275 OCR

The GCSE computer Science specification is designed to address concerns expressed by the Royal Society and the Computing School Working Group about computing education in the United Kingdom.

Why Study Computer Science?

Try to imagine a world without computers.  There would be no PCs or laptops, and so no word processing or spreadsheets, no communication using the web, no online shopping or photo enhancement.  There would be no mobile phones or digital cameras, because these are computers at heart. There would be no internet or phone system.  If the above doesn’t interest you then try searching for jobs on the Internet in the Information Technology section, you will be pleasantly surprised by the salary and number of vacancies available.

Computer Science teaches you how to use computers to make the world work as it does, but more importantly it takes you back to the foundation of how to construct the systems in the first place.

The specification offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the way computers work, and to create and review computer programs for real life purposes based on the own interests.  It encourages them to create their own games, applications and other systems, rather than those designed by others.

Assessment

This is divided into 3 units:

  1. A451 Computer Systems and Programming 40% – 90 minute examination to assess understanding of the theory and content of the specification.
  2. A452 Trends in computing 30% – internally assessment and externally moderated. It covers the practical application of knowledge and understanding of concepts learnt in the A451 unit.
  3. A453 Programming project 30% – internally assessed and externally moderated assessment to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief. Software chosen for programming will either be Python or Scratch.

Who should study Computer Science?

If you have an interest in programming or developing computer games or applications. If you want to develop a solid foundation in computer science so that you have the option to study computer science further or pursue a career in the field of Information Technology or Computing.

Resources

If you need further advice, who do you speak to?

Any ICT teacher.