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We follow the CIE (Cambridge International Exam) Board syllabus number 0417, Information and Communications Technology. It is internationally recognised by schools, universities and employers as equivalent to UK GCSE ICT. It aims to encourage you to develop these lifelong skills:

  • the ability to understand and implement new and emerging technologies within a business environment;
  • how to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems;
  • considering the impact which new technologies will have on ways of working and the social, economic and ethical issues associated with them;
  • awareness of the ways ICT can help in practical and work-related scenarios.
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Syllabuses: the 2013 syllabus (Y11) - the 2014 syllabus (Y10)
Vocabulary list: IGCSE ICT glossary

  • Hardware, software, central processing unit, main/internal memory, ROM, RAM, input devices, output devices, secondary/backing storage, operating systems, graphical user interfaces, command line interfaces, desktops, mainframes, laptops, palmtops, PDA's, recent developments in ICT.
  • Keyboards, numeric keypads, pointing devices (mouse, touch pad and tracker ball), remote controls, joysticks, touch screens, magnetic stripe readers, chip readers, PIN pads, scanners, digital cameras, microphones, sensors, graphics tablet, MICR, OMR, OCR, barcode readers, video cameras, web cams, light pens.
    Monitors (CRT, TFT), projectors, printers (laser, ink jet and dot matrix), plotters, speakers, control devices (motors, buzzers, lights, heaters).
  • Back-up storage, why it is necessary to back up data and flies, the types of access used by the backing stores, the types of internal and external backing storage devices, magnetic, optical and solid state storage.

  • The types of network (ring, bus, star, hybrid and mesh); LANs, WANs and wireless LANs; network devices (modems, hubs and switches, routers and bridges); the internet (web browsers and ISPs); intranets; network security (user IDs, passwords, encryption and authentication); communications (fax, email, video conferencing and VOIP.

  • Types of data (Boolean, text, alphanumeric, numeric and date); data structures (files, records, fields and primary keys); relational databases (tables, primary keys and foreign keys); analogue data and the need for analogue to digital converters (ADCs); digital data and the need for digital to analogue converters (DACs).
  • Use of email and the internet to gather and communicate information.
  • Creating and editing the contents, appearance and layout of documents using a word processing application.
  • Interrogating, manipulating and presenting data using a database application.

  • Integrating data from different sources (document, presentation, web site, spreadsheet or report) into a single document.

  • Producing output in a specified format.

  • Creating, manipulating, testing, interrogating and presenting data using a spreadsheet model.

  • Creating web pages using some HTML, external stylesheets, tables, hyperlinks and images.
  • Creating and controlling an interactive presentation.
  • Software copyright, computer viruses, hacking and measures of protection. How ICT affects patterns of employment, the home, leisure time, social interaction and the need to leave the home. The capabilities and limitations of ICT . The effects of Web 2.0, blogs, wikis, digital media uploading websites and new types of social networking websites. Unreliability, undesirability and security of data transfer on the internet (phishing, pharming and spam). Potential health problems related to prolonged use of ICT equipment (repetitive strain injury, back problems, eye problems) and simple strategies for preventing them. Safety issues related to using computers and measures for preventing accidents.
  • The range of ICT applications in everyday life and their impact: traditional communication, publicity and corporate image, interactive communication, data handling, finance and banking, school management, libraries, booking systems, medicine, retail, measurement, control, manufacturing and modelling.
    Batch processing, online processing and real-time processing. Expert systems.
  • How ICT systems are developed and improved: analysis, design, development, testing, implementation, documentation and evaluation.



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