KS4 ICT


Keystage 4 – Information, Communication Technology (ICT) (0417)

 

Curriculum Overview

Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including:

  •  Understanding and using applications
  • Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to solve problems
  • Analysing, designing, implementing, testing and evaluating ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose
  • Understanding the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses
  • Awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.

Topics to be studied

There are 2 main elements of the course, Theory and Practical. Topics covered are as follows:

 Theory topics

  • Types and Components of a computer system
  • Input and output devices
  • Storage devices and media
  • Networks and effects of using them
  • The effects of using IT
  • ICT Applications
  • The system life cycle
  • Safety and security
  • Audience

Practical Topics

  • File Management
  • Document Production (Word)
  • Data Manipulation (Access)
  • Presentations (Powerpoint)
  • Data Analysis (Excel)
  • Communication (Email)
  • Website Authoring (HTML)

Assessment

Cambridge IGCSE ICT is assessed via three components.

All candidates take one written paper and two practical papers. It is mandatory that all three components are completed.

The practical assessments are worth a total of 60% and the written paper 40% of the final grade.

Examinations

All candidates must take:

Paper 1 – Theory (2 hours)

This written paper tests sections 1–21 of the syllabus content. All questions are compulsory, mostly multiple choice or short answer questions, but also some require longer answers. This paper lasts 2 hours and is worth 40% of the final grade.

Paper 2 – Document Production, Data Manipulation and Presentations (2 ½ hours)

This test assesses the practical skills needed to use the applications covered in sections 17, 18 and 19 of the syllabus content. This paper lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes and is worth 30% of the final grade.

Paper 3 – Data Analysis and Website Authoring (2 ½ hours)

This test assesses the practical skills needed to use the applications covered in sections 20 and 21 of the syllabus content. This paper lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes and is worth 30% of the final grade.

Further Information

For more information regarding this course please speak to Miss Bell or visit:

http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-information-and-communication-technology-0417/