GCSE ICT 

The revised specification for GCSE ICT began in St Joseph’s in September 2010.  This course is proving to be very popular with large numbers of pupils selecting this course each year Through studying our GCSE in ICT, our students become more independent and discerning users of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use. They have opportunities to acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts. They also develop their understanding of new technologies and their impact on society. They take a practical approach, developing and evaluating ICT-based solutions of their own to solve problems. At the same time, they focus on ensuring that their practice is safe, secure and responsible.

Our GCSE ICT is a practical, skills-based qualification that builds on our Key Stage 3 Curriculum and provides a foundation for students intending to study ICT at a higher level.

This specification has three units:

■Tools and Applications;
■Using Multimedia and Games Technology; and
■Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World.

Tools and Applications
 Communications Software
Presentation Package
Information Handling Package
Spreadsheet Package
 
Using Multimedia and Games Technology
 Using Graphics
Using Digital Video and Sound
Games Technology
Using Multimedia Assets
 
Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World
 Knowledge of ICT Components
Data and Information
Digital Communication Methods
Applications of ICT

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A Level student Emma Burns with directors of the production Miss McNamee and Mrs Gibb being presented with a copy of the Grease programme.  

Year 14 ICT students were asked to create a front cover for the programme.  A number of excellent covers were produced but it was decided that Emma’s would be used.  Emma is hoping to complete a degree in Graphic Design next year.