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Cambridge IGCSE Information and Communication Technology (0417)

This course develops students’ understanding of the implications of technology on the home, work and learning environments. Students cover theoretical and practical areas of ICT such as ethics, software applications, databases and website design.

Course structure

The course covers the following topics:

Year 1

  • Types and components of computer systems
  • Input and output devices
  • Storage devices and media
  • Networks and the effects of using them
  • The effects of using IT
  • ICT applications
  • The systems life cycle
  • Safety and security
  • Audience
  • Communication
  • File management

Year 2

  • Images
  • Layout
  • Styles
  • Proofing
  • Graphs and charts
  • Document production
  • Data manipulation
  • Presentations
  • Data analysis
  • Website authoring

In each year there is also time for revision and trial examinations.

Activities and assessments

The course includes the following activities: readings and exercises on core topics, quizzes, self-assessments and marked written assignments. Teachers will review and grade assignments during the course. There are also unit discussions to support students with each topic.

The final examination consists of three externally-assessed papers:

  • Paper 1—2 hours, 40%, questions on ICT theory
  • Paper 2—2 hours 30 minutes, 30%, assessment of practical skills (document production, data manipulation and presentations)
  • Paper 3—2 hours 30 minutes, 30%, assessment of practical skills (data analysis and website authoring)

*For papers 2 and 3 students will need access to a computer to complete their examination. The computer must not be connected to the internet or email, and electronic source files will need to be loaded onto the student’s computer system before the start of the examination.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in IGCSE Information and Communication Technology, we recommend students set aside five to six hours a week to study. It is important that students regularly keep up with the readings and the course activities in a timely manner. And that they contact their Pamoja teacher if they fall behind or need help with assignments.



Recommended software applications

Cambridge International states that: “Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used.”

Pamoja Education suggests the following:

  • For images and document editing: MS Word, Apple Pages or OpenOffice Writer
  • For spreadsheet editing: MS Excel, Apple Number or OpenOffice Calc
  • For presentation creation: MS PowerPoint, Apple Keynote or OpenOffice Impress
  • For database manipulation: MS Access or OpenOffice Base
  • For website authoring: TBC (Notepad, TextEdit, TextWrangler or Notepad++)
  • For website authoring: TBC (BlueGriffon, RocketCake, Adobe Dreamweaver)

Benefits to students

Taking IGCSE Information and Communication Technology will enable students to:

  • develop their understanding of the implications of technology on society
  • use a range of software applications to develop ICT skills
  • become experienced in a wide range of technical and social tools
  • develop skills like time management, communication and digital literacy






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