The aim of the Edexcel IGCSE ICT course is to introduce students to information, communication and technology and its various applications in current society.
Students will develop analytical and evaluative skills as well as skills relating to independent research of topics and these skills will allow students gain insight into a wide range of ICT applications and concepts
The IGCSE ICT course will be of interest to those wishing to progress to GCE level studies in ICT related subjects. In addition the course may be of interest to those seeking to understand ICT and apply their knowledge to practical situations or use it for entry into higher level study
Examination for this course is offered once a year in June
The course is presented over 5 units which mirror the specification and key examination questions. You must have permanent access to a computer and printer in order to undertake the course.
Each unit has an associated extended tutor marked assignment (TMA) which will provide students with feedback on general strengths and weaknesses related to core topics, guidance and direction for improvement of performance.
Unit 1: Hardware, software, memory and storage
The first unit starts by looking at the computer and processing in general terms; what are these devices and how can we use them in everyday life. The unit also looks at methods of data storage and backup
· The computer
· Input and output devices
· Storage devices
· Memory and backup
· Types of software
· Commands and user interfaces
Unit 2: Word processing, desk top publishing and spreadsheets
Word processing is perhaps the most common tool of computing – this unit explores word processing and formatting concepts and also explores desk top publishing in terms of enhancing documents and modelling
· Word processing software
· Graphics in documents
· Spreadsheet software
Unit 3: Databases, graphics and presentation software
In this unit database creating is explained and explored together with looking at a variety of data storage methods. In addition the unit provides opportunity to look at video and audio editing software components and uses.
· Creating databases
· Sorting data
· Video and audio editing software
· Graphics software
· Presentation software
Unit 4: Communications, networking and the internet
Using ICT for communication is part of modern life. This unit explores networks, networking and how these tools are used within different contexts including social networking
· Types of network
· Data transmission
· The internet
· Security issues
· Social networking
Unit 5: Applications and the examination
The final unit explores concepts and processes related to web authoring and data capture. In addition there is a dedicated section to help students prepare for the examination
· Web authoring
· Data capture
· The assessment/.examinations
The introduction has covered the basic course content and assessment criteria. Further information can be obtained through Edexcel.
Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.
Approximately 240 hours.
IGCSE in ICT or Level 2 Certificate in ICT if taken in UK state school.
Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.
Payment by Instalments
Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.
Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.
In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.
After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.
Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.
Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning.
A paper copy and Kindle copy of course materials are also available to purchase in the online enrolment process.
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