The Information Communication Technology syllabus encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.
The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Learners analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.
Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that learners have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus.
Overview of the Subject
The Subject is consists of 3 components which will be assessed at the end of the 2 year program or the KS4 level.
- Paper 1 (Written Theory): This component entails all the 21 topics outlined in the syllabus. It is important for the student to familiarize his/her self with the contents of the syllabus anticipating the Cambridge Exam at their scheduled period (March, June or November Stream). The maximum score for the exam is 100 and it is 40% of the overall score. A good rule to remember is to always look at past papers and understand how to read questions correctly so you know what IGCSE is asking of you. Most of the Theory exam questions are multiple choice but some will need to be written in full sentences as well.
- Paper 2 (Practical) : This is a 2-hour 30 minutes exam in which major skills will be assessed on several software application such as Microsoft Word (Document Production), Microsoft Access (Data Manipulation) and Microsoft Power point (presentations). The maximum score for this component is 80 marks and placed on a 30% scale of the total score.
- Paper 3 (Practical): A 2 hour 30 minutes exam in which skills such as Data Analysis and Website Authoring will be critically assessed. Software applications such as Microsoft Excel , Microsoft Expression, Adobe Dreamweaver/ HTML. The maximum score for this component is 80 marks and placed on a 30% scale of the total score.