The ICT department runs iGCSE and A level as optional courses. These courses operate in two dedicated computer suites fitted with the latest technology.

What is ICT?

In today’s world, where ICT is constantly changing, individuals will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy.

As well as the rapid development of new technologies, familiar technologies like television, telephone and computers are evolving and being expanded by digitised information. As a result of this, there is a growing need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies. A level ICT encourages learners to become discerning users of ICT. It allows them to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding.

What skills will this subject help you develop?

  1. It enables learners to develop the essential skills needed to apply ICT to the real world, for example presentation and project management skills.
  2. Explore the latest technologies, through completely updated course content, for example Bluetooth, digital money, super-fast broadband, smart technology and global positioning systems.
  3. There is now a greater emphasis on encouraging practical skills, and coursework has been retained as the best method for assessment.
  4. Independent study and critical thinking.
  5. Analysis and evaluation of arguments and source materials.


Year Lessons Per Week Qualification Exam Board
Year 9 1 ICT Skills Course Internally Assessed
Years 10 and 11 3 iGCSE ICT CIE
Sixth Form 7/8 A level ICT OCR

Applications used

Spreadsheets, database, VB and VBA, control software, email, word processing, desk top publishing, web publishing.

Year 9

ICT is taught to all Year 9 students in forms in similar ability groups for one timetabled lesson per week. The aim is to increase the ICT skills base for the benefit of cross-curricular ICT, further study at a higher level, future employment opportunities and enabling lifelong learning in a digital world. The course is very much designed to be hands on skills based learning.

Course Content includes:

  1. Emailing using OWA
  2. eSafety
  3. Internet Searching
  4. Data Analysis
  5. Document Production
  6. Presentation Authoring
  7. Desktop Publishing
  8. Data Storage and Searching


The use of ICT in education, domestic and business settings is growing rapidly on a global scale. Studying ICT iGCSE will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the major commercial software packages including web design, spreadsheets, databases, image and sound processing and manipulation. These application are used to problem solve in practical lessons. The theoretical lessons cover information systems, current and emerging technologies, society’s use of ICT and collaborative working.

  • Coursework: 0%
  • Two equally weighted online practical exams assessing your ICT skills and one theoretical exam all at the end of Year 11.
  • Board: CIE

Curriculum content – Theory (1 x 2 hour exam)

The curriculum content is set out in eight interrelated sections. These sections should be read as an integrated whole and not as a progression. The sections are:

  • Types and components of computer systems
  • Input and output devices
  • Storage devices and media
  • Computer networks
  • Data types
  • The effects of using ICT
  • The ways in which ICT is used
  • Systems analysis and design

Curriculum content – Practical (2 x 2.5 hour exams)

The assessment criteria for the practical tests are set out in eight sections:

  • Communication
  • Document production
  • Data manipulation
  • Integration
  • Output data
  • Data analysis


Unit 1 – Information, Systems and Applications

  • Data, information, knowledge and processing
  • Software and hardware components of an information system
  • Characteristics of standard applications software and application areas
  • Spreadsheet concepts
  • Relational database concepts
  • Applications software used for presentation and communication of data
  • The role and impact of ICT – legal, moral and social issues

Unit 2 – Structured ICT Tasks

  • Design
  • Software development
  • Testing
  • Documentation

Unit 3 – ICT Systems, Applications and Implications

  • The systems cycle
  • Designing computer-based information systems
  • Networks and communications
  • Applications of ICT
  • Implementing computer-based information systems
  • Implications of ICT

Unit 4 – ICT Project

  • Definition, investigation and analysis
  • Design
  • Software development, testing and installation
  • Documentation
  • Evaluation


What Higher Education opportunities does ICT offer?

A level ICT is an ideal foundation for learners who want to pursue ICT or Computer Science at degree level or as a career.  Many universities offer these or flexible joint honours degrees specialising in computing and IT and combine it with a second subject: business, geography, accountancy, design, education, mathematics, psychology or statistics.

Popular universities offering ICT or Computer Science:
Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Imperial College London, UEA, Bath, Loughborough, Birmingham, King’s College London, Greenwich, Brighton, York, Bradford, Southampton, Cardiff, Huddersfield, Salford, Sheffield Hallam and Open University.

There are also many vocationally sponsored ICT courses for more work related subject specific qualifications. Two Old Greshamians have recently taken this route and successfully started their own IT consultancies.

What careers are open to graduates in this subject?

  • Project Management
  • Programmer or Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Management or Technician
  • Technology Law Specialist
  • Gaming Industry
  • Teleworking or Call Centre Management
  • Data Processing Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Web Developer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Digital Animator