ICT

Background Knowledge:
Why choose ICT?
• It’s future-proofed: So when new technologies come on stream you’ll learn about them and ditch anything that’s past its sell-by.
• You’ll have a head start
• You’ll be building on stuff you already know – a bit like taking a GCSE in a long-held interest.
• It’s relevant
• Whatever you choose to do later, the skills you learn will help you; at university, at work, in managing your money and operating online.
Key Subject Aims:
The GCSE in ICT and GCSE in ICT (Double Award) qualifications enable students to:
• become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society
• acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts
• develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems
• develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact
• develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT
• recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice
• develop the skills to work collaboratively
• evaluate ICT-based solutions.
Knowledge and understanding:
The GCSE in ICT and GCSE in ICT (Double Award) qualifications require students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
• current and emerging technologies and their impact on individuals, organisations and society
• a range of ICT tools and techniques and the ways they are used in different contexts to develop ideas and solve problems
• legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental implications of the use of ICT for individuals, organisations and society
• issues of risk, safety, security, and responsible use of ICT
• collaborative working
• the use of ICT to support.
Skills:
The GCSE in ICT and GCSE in ICT (Double Award) qualifications provide students with the opportunity to develop the following skills:
• think creatively, logically and critically
• select, use and integrate ICT tools and techniques to meet needs
• find, select and evaluate information for its relevance, value, accuracy and plausibility
• manipulate and process data and other information, sequence instructions, model situations and explore ideas
• communicate data and information in a form fit for purpose and audience
• adopt safe, secure and responsible practice when using ICT
• develop appropriate and effective ICT-based solutions in a range of contexts
• evaluate their own and others’ use of ICT.