Subject GCSE ICT Edexcel
Members of staff Stephanie Lagay – Curriculum leader, Lorraine Elliot – Teacher, Anna Ridley – Teacher, Dean Wild – Teacher
Subject overview

There are two main areas for this this course:

Unit 1 Living in a Digital World

In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They 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 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. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Key Stage 4
Content Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn term 1 Personal Digital Devices

Students need to know about the developing range of personal digital devices that are available to individuals that impact on the way organisations work. Their availability and range of use also impacts on society.

Controlled Assessment

Gathering information -The focus of activity in this strand is information gathering. Students are expected to gather information from a range of different sources.

Working with a given database – Students are required to search for information in a given database. This may be locally installed or web-based.

 

Controlled Assessment

Modelling

This strand focuses on the development and use of a spreadsheet model to collate and analyse raw data in order to generate meaningful information.

 

Autumn term 2 Personal Digital Devices Controlled Assessment

Developing digital products

The focus of activity in this strand is the development of one or more simple digital product(s).

Students must produce a logo or emblem, the purpose of which is to provide a visual link between the products they subsequently develop.

Personal Digital Devices – Revision from Year 9

Connectivity – Revision from Year 9

Spring term 1 Connectivity

Students need to know and understand the ways in which personal digital devices exchange data and communicate with each other and with the larger systems supporting online organisations. They should also be aware of the increasing importance of ‘access everywhere’ developments.

Controlled Assessment

Digital Publishing

The main focus of activity in this strand is the production and presentation of a set of recommendations based on information generated by the spreadsheet model.

Design

This criterion assesses a student’s ability to produce design documentation for digital products and use feedback from others to refine and improve their designs. The CAB provides design templates for students to use if they choose.

Operating Online – Revision from Year 9

Online Goods and Services – Revision from Year 9

 

Spring term 2 Connectivity Controlled Assessment

Design

This criterion assesses a student’s ability to produce design documentation for digital products and use feedback from others to refine and improve their designs. The CAB provides design templates for students to use if they choose.

Online Communities

The development of online communities has implications for an individual’s learning, leisure and social interactions. Collaborations are facilitated through the availability of online work spaces. The growth of social networking has potential risks as well as benefits.

Issues

There are a number of issues raised by the use of ICT. Students should understand how these are addressed in the design and use of digital systems. They should be able to make sensible choices and develop safe, secure and responsible practice. They should be aware of and be able to assess the impact of emerging technologies.

Summer term 1 Operating online

This topic moves away from the technology and focuses on how individuals operate safely online and protect themselves from risk.

Controlled Assessment

Digital publishing

The focus of activity in this strand is the development of at least two digital products (a TV advert and Website). The CAB specifies what type of products must be produced, as well as key requirements, such as content, number of screens, dimensions, navigation etc.

Exam preparation
Summer term 2 Online goods and services

Many services are now provided online. This topic explores a range of online services and investigates their impact on individuals, organisations and society.

Controlled Assessment

Digital publishing

The focus of activity in this strand is the development of at least two digital products (a TV advert and Website). The CAB specifies what type of products must be produced, as well as key requirements, such as content, number of screens, dimensions, navigation etc.

Exam preparation
Revision links for GCSE course

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/ict-2010.html

https://www.gcsepod.com/

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Home learning tasks are set regularly and parents are encourage to support their children with these.

Parents can support by ensuring your child revisits subject matter taught in class on a regular basis. Weekly revision (independent set homework) should be taking place. Ensuring this happens could make a significant impact on your child’s examination performance.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra revision sessions available on Wednesday lunch or Friday after school.