STUDENTS: You do not need to learn everything in this section. Check with your teacher which of these theory units are in your particular syllabus.

TEACHERS: Please note: the material on this site is not endorsed by the examination boards. You need to refer to your GCSE syllabus to ensure that you are covering all of the necessary theory.

 

GCSE ICT

Using computer systems

Managing files and folders

Choosing secure passwords

Backups

ICT problems and errors

ICT problems and errors

Computer systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardware and software

Microprocessors

Types of computer

Input devices

Output devices

Disability and access

CPU

Storage units

Memory

Storage devices

Operating system functions

Operating system types

User interface

Utilities

Buffers and drivers

Networks

 

 

 

 

Computer networks

Network topologies

Network hardware

Peer to peer and client server

Protocols

Bandwidth

Communication

Mobile phones

Communication methods

Communication in organisations

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Data and information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data, information and knowledge

Types of data

Quality of data

Coding of data

Fitness for purpose

Input, processing, output and feedback

Legal issues

 

 

Data Protection Act

Computer Misuse Act

Copyright Designs and Patents Act

Protecting systems

 

 

 

Hackers

Malicious software

Online crime

Protecting systems

Health and safety

Health and safety

System Life Cycle

System Life Cycle

Software

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Types of software including proprietary, open source and hosted applications

Word processors

Desktop publishing software

Presentation software

Animation

Web authoring

Graphics editing software

Programming software

File types

Spreadsheets & modelling

 

Uses and features of spreadsheets

Formulas and functions

Modelling and simulation

Databases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Database use

Database terminology

Flat file & relational databases

Validation and verification

Data capture

Setting up a database

Database queries and reports

Mail merge

Internet

 

 

The internet and WWW

Intranets and extranets

Connecting to the internet

Downloads and streaming

Being online

 

 

 

 

 

Social networking

Blogs

Online safety and behaviour

Accessibility

Ecommerce

Entertainment systems

Computer games and gaming consoles

Digital TV

Digital cameras

Work and employment

 

Work employment and ICT

Teleworking

Organisations and ICT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schools

Police

Hospitals

Libraries

Cinemas

Banks

Supermarkets

Airports

Systems

 

Stock control systems

Ticket booking system

Payroll system

Control

 

 

Data logging and sensors

Control

Control using LOGO

Political, ethical and environmental impact of ICT

Political and ethical impact of ICT technology

Environmental and ICT

 

 

 

 

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