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
There are 2 main elements of the course, Theory and Practical. Topics covered are as follows:
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
The system life cycle
Safety and security
Document Production (Word)
Data Manipulation (Access)
Data Analysis (Excel)
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.