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KS4 Computer Science

Today, we live in a world of technology and most young people know how to use it. GCSE ICT moves them from ‘how to use it’ to exploring how technology is created and the effects it has – not just in their daily lives, but in everything from commerce and communication, to politics and the music industry.

What do you learn?

What ideas and resources are needed to create the latest technologies, by exploring companies such as Apple or Google and how people and organisations solve problems using ICT tools and techniques.

You will explore a variety of technologies that interest you, from communication tools, like Facebook and the Internet, to tools predicting natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

You will learn how to investigate the impact which ICT has on society and develop transferable skills such as problem solving and thinking logically and critically.

How is the course structured?

Students are required to study four mandatory units:

            Unit 1              Understanding ICT

11/2 hour Written Paper (80 Marks – 20% of Award)

            Unit 2              Solving Problems with ICT

                                    Controlled Assessment Task (80 Marks – 30% of Award)


            Unit 3              ICT in Organisations

                                    11/2 hour Written Paper (80 Marks – 20% of Award)


            Unit 4              Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions

                                    Controlled Assessment Task (80 Marks – 30% of Award)

Why should I choose this course?

ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers.  GCSE ICT deliver these skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things