This course is designed to provide you with up-to-date skills, knowledge and understanding of the rapidly developing world around you.

Throughout the course you will be given opportunities to work with a variety of technologies and offers you choices such a web design, graphic manipulation and presenting information.

Course Outline

This is a 2 year GCSE Course consisting of 4 units, 2 theory and 2 practical parts. There is a 40% / 60% split between Exam and coursework.


Unit 1- “ICT in Today’s World”

- 20% of final GCSE

- 1 hour exam to be sat at the end of year 11


Unit 2- “Practical Applications in ICT”

- 30% of final GCSE

- 20 hour controlled assessment to be completed in class time


Unit 3- “ICT in Context”

- 20% of final GCSE

- 1 hour exam to be sat at the end of year 11


Unit 4- “Creative Use of ICT”

- 30% of final GCSE

- 20 hour controlled assessment to be completed in class time

Examining Board


Career Opportunities

This is an excellent opportunity for all students as ICT is integral to almost all modern career paths and vocations and pathways to further and higher education.

Teaching Methods

Each 2 weeks you will be timetabled for five periods of 60 minutes each. These are used as follows:
• Two lessons will be a theory based classroom lessons to expand their general technology knowledge for Units 1 and 3.
• The other three periods will be classroom based lessons developing their technical and practical skills for units 2 and 4.

There are regular support session that the student can make use of if extra support is required.

Other information

While it is not essential to have a computer at home it is a huge advantage. There is plenty of access within college but you will need to be prepared to stay later in order to complete everything that will be required.

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (