Course structure

Find out how our Edexcel GCSE in ICT maps against other qualifications and how the course is structured for both Single and Double Awards.

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To see how Edexcel DiDA Unit 1 maps against Edexcel GCSE ICT Unit 2, read our Edexcel GCSE ICT and DiDA mapping document. 

You can see how Functional ICT is embedded within GCSE ICT in our Edexcel GCSE ICT and Functional ICT mapping document.

The specification at a glance

Our specification has been structured to give you maximum flexibility.

  • The Single Award is two units.
  • The Double Award is four units, two of which are the same as the Single award.
  • The Single Award has one exam paper worth 40% of the total marks, and one controlled assessment worth 60%.
  • The Double Award has the same exam paper and controlled assessment task, and then a second exam paper and a second controlled assessment task.
Unit title and summary Assessment Time allocated Weighting

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World


In this unit, students explore how digital technology affects the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts. Students will develop awareness of the inherent risks of using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Written paper


Externally assessed

Students have 90 minutes for the written paper

40% Single Award


20% Double Award

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools


This is a practical unit that will broaden and enhance learners’ ICT skills and capabilities. They will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students will learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB) provided by Edexcel, marked by teachers and moderated by

Edexcel

Students have 40 hours to complete the CAB

60% Single Award


30% Double Award

Unit 3: Exploring Digital Design


In this unit, students will explore the design of interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases. They will learn how to interpret and produce design documentation, and investigate the properties of different types of digital content. Unit 3 will help learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the constraints on the production and use of digital content.

Written paper


Externally assessed

Students have 90 minutes for the written paper 20% Double Award

Unit 4: Creating Digital Products


Having fully explored digital design, learners now have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to produce interactive digital products. They work through the project lifecycle to design and build a digital solution that offers users a full digital experience, including an interactive interface that accepts and executes input from the user.

Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB) provided by

Edexcel, marked by teachers and moderated by

Edexcel

Students have 40 hours to complete the CAB 30% Double Award