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GCSE ICT Course

Exam board: WJEC
Exam code: 4330SA

GCSE ICT is a modern course in IT that places its emphasis on applications development using software such as spreadsheets, databases and the web. It helps pupils to develop skills in a range of packages and helps them to understand new technologies such as mobile technology, social networks and modern computer systems.

A student particularly well suited to this subject will be one hoping to extend their practical skills and develop their problem solving skills.

Why Study ICT?

GCSE ICT is not how you use technology but how it works and the effects it has not just on our daily lives but in everything from commerce and communication, to politics and the music industry.

It’s the way of the future for all careers – so whether you’re looking at heading towards business studies, fashion, engineering, graphic or game designing, health or the environment, you will need to know how ICT works and the impact it has.

What Will I Learn?

Look at current and upcoming technologies Look at what ideas and resources are needed to create the latest technology. You can explore companies such as
Apple, Sony, IBM and Google.

How to solve problems using ICT tools and techniques

You will look at the different stages of creating a new ICT tool from generating ideas to producing the tool or system.

You will look at a variety of ICT tools that interest you such as:

  • Communication tools like Facebook and the Internet
  • Control systems such as Sat Nav and business tools like Word Processing and Desktop Publishing
  • Leisure activities like booking movie tickets and downloading music
  • Even tools such as predicting natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis

The impact of ICT on society

You get to explore real life situations that ICT has an effect on legal, social, economic and environment areas. You can discuss personal effects of ICT including the growth of personal websites and social networks

Curriculum

This specification in  GCSE ICT enables learners to:

  • become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed
    decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society
  • acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts
  • develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems
  • develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and their
    social and commercial impact
  •  develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and
    environmental issues raised by ICT
  • recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and
    responsible practice
  • develop the skills to work collaboratively
  • evaluate ICT-based solutions.

This specification in ICT requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and
understanding of:

  •  current and emerging technologies and their impact on individuals,
    organisations and society
  • a range of ICT tools and techniques and the ways they are used in different
    contexts to develop ideas and solve problems
  • legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental implications of the use of
    ICT for individuals, organisations and society, issues of risk, safety, security
    and responsible use of ICT collaborative working.

This specification in ICT requires learners to demonstrate the ability to:

  • think creatively, logically and critically
  • select, use and integrate ICT tools and techniques to meet needs
  • find, select and evaluate information for its relevance, value, accuracy and plausibility
  • manipulate and process data and other information, sequence instructions,
    model situations and explore ideas
  • communicate data and information in a form fit for purpose and audience
  • adopt safe, secure and responsible practice when using ICT
  • develop appropriate and effective ICT-based solutions in a range of contexts
  • evaluate their own and others’ use of ICT

Assessment

This unitised qualification will be available in the summer series each year.

Exam Access Arrangements

Exam access arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor.  The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits exams.

To find out more about exam access arrangements  click here

Study Options

You can choose from the following study options:

  • Online classes only
  • Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
  • Distance learning course

FAQs

We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual. As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.


Straight away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol, you can begin your course at any time. Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

You’ll sit the same GCSE exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification. Your GCSE course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.

You can study GCSE courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and in person teaching in class, Online live classes only or Distant learning course.

IGCSE qualifications are ideal for those wanting to study for national qualifications by distance learning. Without all the administrative problems that encumber GCSE course work.

We offer a range of IGCSE Courses; see our Distance learning course page.


Choosing a tier isn’t always easy, particularly for languages, we can help you make a decision. Nobody is a better judge of a student’s ability than their teacher. Regular assessments and mock exams are a key part of our decision making.

If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.


  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have said in your enrolment.

GCSE’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year – would be an intensive course.
You may be able to complete this in one year as an intensive course, you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

We offer GCSEs – part time in the evenings to adult learners.


We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.

Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online.

If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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