Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19

Frequently Asked Questions

What awards can students gain with this specification?

We award GCSE qualifications on an eight grade scale from A*–G, with A* being the highest. For students who fail to gain a grade G, we report their results as unclassified (U).

Are there any requirements for this course?

Students do not require previous ICT learning to sit this course. However, they should be competent in both literacy and numeracy to study at GCSE level.

How is the course assessed?

Units 1 and 2 are assessed through controlled assessment tasks; each unit is worth 30 percent. Unit 3 is an external exam worth 40 percent.

Are students assessed on the quality of their written communication?

Yes, students must demonstrate their quality of written communication. In particular they must:

  • ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate so that meaning is clear;
  • select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to their purpose and to complex subject matter; and
  • organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary where appropriate.

What skills can students develop through following this specification?

This specification gives students opportunities to:

  • use ICT systems;
  • find and select information; and
  • develop, present and communicate information.

It also gives them the opportunity to develop the following Key Skills:

  • Application of number
  • Communication
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Information and communication technology
  • Problem-solving
  • Working with others.

How many times can students resit a unit?

Students studying unitised GCSE qualifications must complete at least 40 percent of the overall assessment requirements as terminal assessment. Students can choose to resit individual assessment units once. The better result for each assessment unit counts towards the GCSE qualification, as long the 40 percent terminal arrangement is satisfied. <

Can students study ICT beyond GCSE?

Yes, ICT and Applied ICT are available at AS and A Level.