ICT – KS4

Course name: GCSE ICT

Examination Board and syllabus no:

GCSE ICT 2010
EDXECEL

Course Outline

Specification

The specification has been structured as follows:

The Single Award is two units.

The Single Award has one exam paper worth 40% of the total marks, and one Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB) worth 60%.

 

If you work through the Single Award quickly, then you can attempt the Double Award.

 

The Double Award is four units, two of which are the same as the single award.

The Double Award has two exam papers worth 40% and two CABs worth 60%.

Assessment

Overview of assessment

Unit 1 (Written exam) – Living in a Digital World

Externally assessed by the exam board

• This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

• The total number of marks available for the examination paper is 80.

Unit 2 (CAB)   Using Digital Tools

The unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.

• Students must complete a CAB provided by Edexcel, which consists of four tasks.

• Students must complete the CAB within 40 hours (roughly 10hrs each task).

• Marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria.

• The total number of marks available for the CAB is 80.

Homework

Home is given regularly. In most cases it would preparation for the CAB activities where students will need to research, plan or develop any of the required tasks.

Equipment required

Writing material, GCSE Text book and if possible a memory stick.

Useful publications/websites

http://www.ictgcse.com/?act=tpe&sub=theory

http://www.theteacher99.btinternet.co.uk/theteacher/gcse/newgcse/gcse_ict_edexcel.htm

http://www.teach-ict.com/s_gcsehome.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/

http://www.school-resources.co.uk/GCSEITRevisionQuizzes.htm

http://www.gcse.com/ict/

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/ict/Pages/default.aspx

Supporting your child’s progress

Parents can support students by making sure that they meet the deadlines and prepare for the activities for the Controlled Assessments. Make that they complete homework given on time. Check their journals regularly. Use the websites to support their learning. If they need further help ask them to attend the homework clubs.