Head of Department: Mr K Fry
GCSE Specification: Pearson Edexcel International GCSE (4IT1)
The content and assessment approach for this qualification has been designed to meet pupil needs in the following ways:
Developing confident and competent ICT users – This qualification provides pupils with the opportunity of operating confidently in today’s digital world. It is a useful, practical qualification which will provide skills needed in further education and work.
Providing pupils with relevant and transferable skills – Pupils will learn about topics ranging from digital devices and connectivity, safe and responsible practice, and understand the impact of internet on the way that organisations do business. They will be also be encouraged to practice using software applications effectively. A CBI and Pearson report on employability and skills in 2012 said that ‘ Many employers are also keen to see the government encouraging schools and colleges to strengthen technology skills amongst young people’ (http://www.cbi.org.uk/media/1514978/cbi_education_and_skills_survey_2012.pdf)
A similar report in 2015 said that ‘..close to half of businesses.. report having IT skills problems in their current workforces.’ (http://news.cbi.org.uk/reports/educationandskillssurvey2015/educationandskillssurvey2015)
Broad and deep development of pupils’ skills – The design of the revised International GCSE aims to extend pupils’ knowledge and understanding by broadening and deepening skills, for example pupils develop the ability to:
- apply knowledge and understanding to produce Information and Communication Technology-based solutions • develop skills of analysis and evaluation, making reasoned judgements and presenting conclusions
- reflect critically on their own and others’ use of Information and Communication Technology and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.
Progression to A Level – International GCSEs enable successful progression onto A level and beyond. Through our world class qualification development process we have consulted with teachers as well university professors to validate the appropriateness of this qualification for progression, including its content, opportunities for skills development and assessment structure.
Paper 1: (50% of overall grade)
One-hour and 30-minute written examination, set and marked by Pearson,
comprising a mixture of multiple-choice, short- and long- answer questions.
Paper 2: (50% of overall grade)
Practical Paper – on a windows machine
Three-hour practical examination, set and marked by Pearson,
comprising two sections. The examination contains series of scenario-based tasks.
Due to the nature of this course and 50% of the grade being awarded for a practical examination. The examination is taken in a windows environment we wouldn’t recommend a student taking this course if they do not have access to a windows PC or laptop outside lessons.