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Information and Communication Technology GCSE at St James's C E High School

Course description

The GCSE course is a full GCSE course offering a range of skills which can be transferred directly into A-Level ICT. The GCSE consists of 3 units, all 3 units combined are the equivalent of 1 GCSE. The course is best suited to students who enjoy learning about the technical sides of ICT and applying this theory in practice. The course is 60% coursework and 40% exam meaning that those taking the course need to have the ability to work on several projects at the same time. In year 10 and 11, pupils who opt for the GCSE course will attempt 2 controlled assessments, 1 in year 10 and 1 in year 11. The full course GCSE is a challenging course but very enjoyable course as it provides pupils with the opportunity to investigate the technology they use every single day. The course does require pupils to be both independent and responsible, keeping to deadlines whilst revising for the examination. All of the units with the course require the following core skills: • Meeting deadlines • Reviewing and evaluating work • Investigation and research skills • Problem solving and creativity • Practical approach to real life situations The units which pupils will have the opportunity to take during year 10 and 11 on the full course are; Unit 1 – Systems and Applications in ICT • Written exam worth 40% of the entire • Externally assessed • 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the exam • 10 compulsory questions, 3 structure questions and 1 essay question Unit 2 – Applying ICT • Controlled assessment task worth 30% of entire course • Taken in year 10 • Internally assessed by your subject teacher • 25 hours to complete the task Unit 3 – Practical Problem Solving in ICT • Controlled assessment task worth 30% of entire course • Taken in year 11 • Internally assessed by your subject teacher • 25 hours to complete the task

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in ICT or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to ICT such as a Web Designer, IT Technician or Software Programmer. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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