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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.

About the Course

Topics Covered

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 and examinations

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.

Paper 1 – Theory – Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes with questions on all sections of the subject content.

Paper 2 – Practical test – 2 hours 15 minutes, covering document production, databases, presentations and combining skills from all practical content.

Paper 3 – Practical test – 2 hours 15 minutes, covering spreadsheets and website authoring and combining skills from all practical topics.

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