This syllabus covers the requirement of the National
Curriculum Order 1995 for Information Technology at Key Stage 4 and the GCSE Subject
Criteria for Information Technology. It provides opportunities for students to develop an
awareness of the nature and importance of Information Technology in a rapidly changing
society, and enables students to develop their application of knowledge, skills and
understanding of Information Technology. The course is designed to be taught either across
the curriculum or as a discrete subject. The syllabus offers a system of assessment for
GCSE based on clear targets and a coherent set of criteria for rewarding positive
achievement across grades G-A*. The assessment of candidates includes both practical
capability using Information Technology and the knowledge and understanding which
underpins this capability.
Any two of the first five units will be
addressed through coursework. All seven units will be tested in the Papers.