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IGCSE ICT at St Edmund’s College develops confident and competent ICT users, ready to apply their skills in today’s digital world.

This course covers a range of relevant topics including:

  • Digital devices and connectivity
  • Safe and responsible practice when operating online
  • The impact of the Internet on how organisations do business
  • Using software applications effectively (such as graphics, web design, databases, spreadsheets and file management)

The IGCSE also extends knowledge and understanding by broadening and deepening skills, for example students develop the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge to produce ICT-based solutions
  • Analyse and evaluate to make reasoned judgements and present conclusions
  • Reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT
  • Adopt safe, secure and responsible ICT practice
Head of Department Mr K Fry
Syllabus Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (4IT1)


Course structure

The practical examination is taken in a Windows environment, therefore students should have access to a Windows PC or laptop outside lessons.


Paper 1: (50% of overall grade)

This written paper (1 hour 30 mins) comprises multiple-choice, short- and long- answer questions.

Paper 2: (50% of overall grade)

This is a three-hour practical examination, completed on a Windows machine.

The exam comprises two sections and contains a series of scenario-based tasks.


Many employers are also keen to see the government encouraging schools and colleges to strengthen technology skills amongst young people.
CBI and Pearson survey report

Future paths

By exploring how technology is used in the wider world, including the workplace, alongside gaining skills in a wide range of software packages, IGCSE ICT is excellent preparation for a diverse range of careers.

Closely related careers include web designer, computer games developer and systems analyst. ICT skills are also highly relevant in fields such as broadcast media, finance and the armed forces.