Course Outline


This course is designed to expand student’s knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of ICT. To achieve this students will be using a variety of different software’s to expand on their practical skills and will be learning about theoretical concepts through visual, verbal and practical lessons. By the end of the course, students will have fundamental knowledge on how ICT was conceptualized, its importance now and in our future.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of the ICT Syllabus are to encourage and enable students to:

  • To gain a better understanding of the uses of technological devices.
  • Acquire knowledge on how different devices work.
  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of ICT.
  • Understand how the use of different devices along with software makes a computer system.
  • Become competent in using different software’s such as excel, PowerPoint and word.
  • Use research to be able to clearly and fluently explain their ideas.
  • Carry out discussions to express their thoughts on specific ICT topics.

Ongoing Objectives


  • To listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • To ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • To articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • To learn advantages and disadvantages of different types of devices/software’s
  • To maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • To be able to explain and contrast between different theoretical concepts.
  • To expand current knowledge of how different types of devices/software’s work and how they can be aided with other devices/software.
  • To consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.
  • Continue to grow and expand on the use of key terminology.


  • To use relevant strategies to build their practical skills
  • Expand knowledge on different software that can be used for different types of projects.
  • Select appropriate software’s to use for different tasks.
  • To learn how different software perform tasks and how they are best used.
  • Practice using different software’s to consolidate practical skills.
  • Understand the benefits of using these software’s in the real world.

Unit Overviews

Term 1

Chapter 1 – Types and components of a computer system

Approximate length: 4 weeks

In the first chapter, students will be taught about the different types of hardware and software that are used in a computer system. They will also be given an outlook to new and emerging technologies, which will replace or be used alongside the current systems. We will also delve deeper into the main components that make any computer system.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To learn the basics and fundamentals of computer hardware
  • To know the different components used in creating a computer system
  • To be able to distinguish the different purposes of different types of components
  • To understand the impact of future and upcoming pieces of technologies
  • To learn about the different types of computer software
  • To know how hardware and software tie in together to create an effective computer system

Chapter 2 – Input and output devices 

Approximate length: 4 weeks

This theoretical chapter will focus on teaching students about addition peripheral hardware, which can be used with different computer systems. Students will be taught what input and output devices are and the different devices that reside within these categories. This chapter also goes into more complex devices such as DDE (Direct Data Entry Devices), 

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To learn the different accessories that allow users to interact with computer systems
  • Tobe able to distinguish between the different devices needed for different scenarios
  • To know the difference between input and output devices and be able to categorise them
  • Know what direct data entry devices are and their application
  • Learn how screen technology has developed over the years and where it is headed

Chapter 19 – Presentations

 Approximate length: 3 weeks

In this chapter, students will learn practical skills on how they can create a professional presentation. The chapter will focus on key skills such as master slides, animations, importing videos and pictures, using slide templates and how to use notes. All these skills will develop students understanding of how the software works and how they can use the skills to present themselves.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To develop practical skills in creating presentations using professional software
  • To understand the different applications of an effective presentation
  • To be able to use a variety of different software’s
  • To know how to create master slides to give a presentation a consistent look.
  • To incorporate different features to create an interactive presentation

Chapter 16 – Graphs and charts

Approximate length: 1 weeks

This is another practical chapter the students will cover in which they will learn how they can create different types of graphs and charts such as bar charts, pie charts and line graphs etc. Students will also learn how they can use this skill to incorporate them within a PowerPoint or use data from a PowerPoint to create a visual way to represent the information in the form of a graph or chart.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To learn the different types of graphs and charts
  • To be able to create graphs and charts
  • To understand how you can present different graphs and charts
  • To learn which graph or chart to use based on the scenario
  • To develop on previous skills in power point

Term 2

Unit 3 – Storage devices and media 

 Approximate length: 2 weeks

This chapter is designed to teach students about the different types of storage devices. The main focus will be on the different methods of backing up data, serial and direct access along with different types of starage devices such as CD’s, Blu-ray disks, Magnetic storage and SSD’s.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To distinguish between the different storage devices
  • To know the pros and cons of each device
  • To learn how the same technology can be used in different scenarios
  • To be able to explain how data can be backed up using different devices

Unit 4 – Networks and the effects of using them 

Approximate length: 3 weeks

This chapter focusses on teaching students about the different types of networks and their uses. Students will be taught about the three main types of networks, the different network topologies, issues with networks. The chapter will also discuss how a small network can be set up giving students a theoretical understanding of setting up small robust networks.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To learn what a network is and how it works.
  • To be able to explain and uses of the different network topologies
  • To be able to explain the different devices that can be used to create a network
  • To know how network security works and how it can help protect the network from external threats.
  • To understand the different network communication technologies such as emails and video conferencing. 

Unit 17 – Document production

Approximate length: 3 weeks

In this chapter, students will explore the skills needed to produce a quality document. This chapter will give students the opportunity to learn skills such as mail merge, headers, footer, margins and file types etc. When combined students will have the skill and know how to create a good quality document.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To be able to produce professions documents
  • To know how to use different elements in MS word to create different types of documents
  • To create template documents and mail merge them
  • To inser special automated fields in a mail merged document
  • To know how different tools work in MS word
  • To learn the difference between widows and orphans

Term 3

Chapter 9 – Audience

 Approximate length: 1 weeks

This chapter will give students a look into how they can carry out market research to learn who their potential audience is and what their needs are. Furthermore students will look at how ICT can be used to reach a wider audience and how information will differ from one audience group to another. They will also look at more ethical and moral complications that have occurred with the introduction of ICT.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To learn the different ways to carry out market research
  • To be able to distinguish how different data will be represented to different audience groups
  • To know how to use ICT to help reach more people
  • To be able to create different multimedia elements based on the audiences needs
  • To carry out research on audience opinions
  • To debate whether the internet should be policed or not

Chapter 10 – Communication

Approximate length: 2 weeks

This chapter will focus on teaching students the theoretical side of the different aspects of the connected internet. The chapter will focus on the constraints relating to emails, the differences between the internet and intranet, general internet terms such as FTP, ISP etc, Understanding what search engines are, how they work and how to source reliable information on the internet.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To understand the constraints when sending emails
  • To learn about the legal aspects affecting emails
  • To be confident in explaining the difference between the internet and intranet
  • Know how a search engine works, its benefits and disadvantages.
  • To be able to find reliable information on the internet
  • To learn about the general internet terms and know how they work

Chapter 5 – The effects of using ICT

Approximate length: 1 weeks

This chapter will focus on the positives and negative effects ICT has had on the world along with the challenges brought forward with mass adoption of ICT. Students will look into how jobs were lost and how new jobs have been created over the years. They will also be look into how microprocessor controlled devices can improve the lives of people.

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

  • To know the impact ICT has had on the past
  • To have some understanding on how ICT can affect the future
  • To give a wider range of applications of ICT
  • To learn the impact ICT has had on the job market
  • To understand the benefits and disadvantages of microprocessor controlled devices
  • To have some knowledge on health implications of using ICT devices


Formative: Throughout the chapters, the students will complete graded work, quizzes and differentiated activities, which allows the teacher to assess the student’s attainment and inform their planning.

For each chapter the students complete a pre and post quiz. This allows us to see progress across the units.

Summative: At the end of each term, students will complete internal and standardised tests. This allows us to measure the students’ progress throughout the term and year. At the end of the academic year, the students complete a closed book IGCSE style exam to test both practical and theoretical knowledge.

Remote learning: Live lessons will be carried out using Microsoft Team, Phoenix or Zoom. Students will also be provided with prerecorded tutorials which they can access at anytime and this will help assist the lower ability students along with videos demonstrating step by step procedures solving practical concepts.

Remote learning: One to one questioning and group questioning will be carried out. Online quizzes will be carried out using Microsoft forms. Students will also be asked to create different projects using a range of software’s.

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