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KS4 ICT

GCSE ICT demonstrates to employers that you are a competent user of IT.

It also demonstrates that you are a more able, more efficient and productive user of computer systems and technology. You will also be able to solve IT related problems faster and know how ICT fits into an organisational setting.

Most jobs in society use ICT and this qualification will compliment any portfolio of qualifications where  computers will be used.

20% Unit 1—Understanding ICT: 90 minute exam 80 marks (40 UMS)

This examination paper will assess the requirements of the Key Stage 4   Programme of Study for Information and Communication Technology and the functional elements of ICT in a home and school context.

Topic areas covered in course include the following:

  • Data and information
  • Data validation and  verification
  • Home Entertainment
  • Home and personal communication systems
  • Home business
  • Organisations: School, home, environment  and business
  • ICT and learning
  • Staying safe online
  • Emerging Technologies

30% Unit 2—Solving Problems with ICT — 22.5 hr Controlled Assessment 80 marks (60 UMS)

This controlled assessment consists of a portfolio of work which shows   candidates' attainment in obtaining and interpreting different types of    information; using, developing and communicating information to meet the purpose of their studies and presenting the results of their work. This will assess the practical aspects of the functional elements  of ICT.

Within this module you will use a range of software to demonstrate your ability in the practical application of ICT skills.

Areas covered in the module include:

  • Research into your business
  • Creation of a brochure and presentation
  • Data manipulation in spreadsheets
  • Data management through databases
  • Efficient use of emails

20% Unit 3—ICT in Organisations: 90 minute exam 80 marks (40 UMS)

This examination paper will assess the application' content of ICT in a business and industry context.

Topic areas covered in course include the following:

  • Data, Information and Knowledge
  • Multimedia Industries
  • Networks
  • Social and Environmental Impact of ICT
  • Human Computer Interfaces (HCI’s)
  • ICT in Organisations
  • Safety in Organisations
  • Emerging Technologies

30% Unit 4—Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions — 22.5 hr Controlled Assessment 80 marks (60 UMS)

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using multimedia software following a single task brief issued by WJEC.

Within this module you will use a range of software to demonstrate your ability in the practical application of ICT skills.

Areas covered in the module include:

  • Research into your business
  • Design and produce images
  • Create animations
  • Produce audio and video
  • Design and create a website or interactive presentation
  • Evaluative skills