What board do we do? Cambridge CIE IGCSE course code: 0417

What is ICT?

Information and Communication Technology is concerned with the use of computers and related technologies.  During the course, students gain practical knowledge of common software applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, e-mail, web browsers and website design.  They learn the basic concepts of ICT, gain awareness of how applications are used in the workplace, and consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues.

Which subjects combine well with ICT?

ICT combines well with any other subject at GCSE level. 

What careers and University courses can ICT lead to?

Knowledge of ICT is a life skill which benefits any field of study or career.  Students who gain good grades can continue studies at A Level in ICT or Computing.  Relevant University courses include Information Systems and Computer Science.


Written Paper 1:        40%              (0417/12)                       2½  hours

1. Types and components of computer systems

2. Input and output devices

3. Storage devices and media

4. Computer networks

5. Data types

6. The effects of using ICT

7. The ways in which ICT is used

8. Systems analysis and design

Practical Paper 2:       30%              (0417/22)                     2½  hours

Practical Paper 3:       30%              (0417/32)                     2 hours

9. Communication

10. Document production

11. Data manipulation

12. Integration

13. Output data

14. Data analysis

15. Website authoring

16. Presentation authoring

The full specification is available at CIE

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