Welcome to IGCSE ICT

CIE Information Communication Technology syllabus (417) encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments. 

The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Learners analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose. 

Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that learners have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus.

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A Brief summary of the IGCSE ICT syllabus

All candidates study the following topics.

 UNITS  DETAILS
1. Types and components of computer systems

1.1 hardware and software

1.2 the main components of computer systems

1.3 operating systems

1.4 types of computer

1.5 impact of emerging technologies

2. Input and output devices

2.1 input devices and their uses

2.2 direct data entry and associated devices

2.3 output devices and their uses

3. Storage devices and media  
4. Networks and the effects of using them

4.1 networks

4.2 network issues and communication

5. The effects of using IT

5.1 effects of IT on employment

5.2 effects of IT on working patterns within organisations

5.3 microprocessor-controlled devices in the home

5.4 potential health problems related to the prolonged use of IT equipment

 6. ICT applications  6.1 communication applications

6.2 data handling applications

6.3 measurement applications

6.4 microprocessors in control applications

6.5 modelling applications

6.6 applications in manufacturing industry

6.7 school management systems

6.8 booking systems

6.9 banking applications

6.10 computers in medicine

6.11 computers in libraries

6.12 expert systems

6.13 computers in the retail industry

6.14 recognition systems

6.15 monitoring and tracking systems

6.16 satellite systems

 7. The systems life cycle 7.1 analysis

7.2 design

7.3 development and testing

7.4 implementation

7.5 documentation

7.6 evaluation

 8. Safety and security 8.1 physical safety

8.2 e-safety

8.3 security of data

 9. Audience 9.1 audience appreciation

9.2 legal, moral, ethical and cultural appreciation

 10. Communication 10.1 communicate with other ICT users using email

10.2 effective use of the internet

 11. File management 11.1 manage files effectively

11.2 reduce file sizes for storage or transmission

 12. Images  
 13. Layout  
 14. Styles  
 15. Proofing 15.1 software tools

15.2 proofing techniques

 16. Graphs and charts  
 17. Document production  
 18. Data manipulation 18.1 create a database structure

18.2 manipulate data

18.3 present data

 19. Presentations  
20. Data analysis

20.1 create a data model

20.2 test the data model

20.3 manipulate data

20.4 present data

21. Website authoring

21.1 web development layers

21.2 create a web page

21.3 use stylesheets

21.4 test and publish a website

Assessment at a Glance

For Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology, candidates take three components: Paper 1 Theory; Paper 2 Document Production, Data Manipulation and Presentations and Paper 3 Data Analysis and Website Authoring.

Components  Weighting

Paper 1

Theory 2 hours

This written paper tests sections 1–21 of the syllabus content. All questions are compulsory, mostly multiple choice or short answer questions, but also some require longer answers.

100 marks

External assessment 

40%

Paper 2

Document Production, Data Manipulation and Presentations

2 hours 30 minutes

This test assesses the practical skills needed to use the applications covered in sections 17, 18 and 19 of the syllabus content. All tasks are compulsory.

80 marks

External assessment

30%

Paper 3

Data Analysis and Website Authoring

2 hours 30 minutes

This test assesses the practical skills needed to use the applications covered in sections 20 and 21 of the syllabus content. All tasks are compulsory.

80 marks

External assessment

 30%

 

 

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