GCSE Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Course Summary
Students are able to choose ICT as an option subject in Year 10 and 11, following the new specification GCSE qualification.
This course has refreshed content including new concepts and new technologies to engage learners.
Bite-sized examined units - The two examined units each have a 1-hour exam with a distinct purpose. This helps keep learners motivated and allows them to focus their revision.
Open-ended tasks - The qualification is accessible for a wide range of learner abilities, and open-ended tasks allow learners to be assessed through summative assessment. Motivating high achievers, capturing their enthusiasm and allowing them to shine.
Pre-release material - This will be provided for Unit B063: ICT in context. As well as helping learners prepare, this will also provide the opportunity for learners to apply their ICT knowledge.
Controlled Assessment Units B062 and B065: both require students to develop systems for a specific client.
Progression route - It's been developed to create a stepping stone to A Level ICT or move on to further education.
This qualification specifically aims to:
Improve your confidence in areas such as mobile phone applications, web page design and games design
Improve your understanding of social networking and its impacts
Enable you to keep up to date with IT and digital developments, at home and in the shops
Explain how IT can help improve your career options
Provide you with IT skills that you can use to solve practical problems
Allow you to develop technical skills which will give you a foundation for achieving ICT and Computing A Levels.
– Two 1-hour written examinations or computer-based tests. These are each worth 20%, equalling 40% of the total mark.
– One compulsory controlled assessment unit testing depth of knowledge and understanding. This is worth 30% of the total mark.
– A second controlled assessment unit worth 30% of the total mark.
Units you will study:
Unit B061: ICT in today’s world
Learners study a range of ICT systems, as used in the home, at school and in society. Learners need to be aware of current and emerging technologies and their impact on themselves and others.
Unit B062: Practical applications in ICT
Learners will select from a range of set tasks which will enable them to demonstrate their practical ICT ability.
Unit B063: ICT in context
Learners study a range of ICT systems, components, technologies and applications. The question paper will be based on pre-release material, relating to specified organisation(s) and its/their use of ICT.
Unit B065: Coding a solution
There will be a scenario set by OCR within which learners should be able to identify a potential coded solution to a problem using basic programming techniques. The scenario will be sufficiently open to allow a variety of viable solutions. At present the scenario is to design a computer/mobile device game.
For more information please see the parent and learner brochure: