The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds. It develops successful students, giving them excellent preparation for their next steps in education, including progression to A and AS Level study, and equips them with skills for immediate employment. Cambridge IGCSE is recognised by universities and employers worldwide.

Grading System

Grading is on an eight-point scale (A*–G) and grades A to E are equivalent to O Level grades A to E.

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IGCSE is a high profile qualification. It has exactly the same value in admitting students to institutes of further education and employment as the UK equivalent – GCSE.

  • IGCSE is comparable with GCE O Level and the UK GCSE
  • IGCSE has an excellent reputation amongst international schools worldwide
  • IGCSEs are recognised as a reliable record of attainment which counts towards entry to universities and colleges around the world

Information & Communication Technology (Subject Code: 0417)

Information and Communication Technology is an applied subject and all candidates will require frequent access to computer and Internet facilities to develop their skills.

The Information Communication Technology syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, e-mail, web browsers and website design. It encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, including

  • understanding and using applications
  • using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to solve problems
  • analysing, designing, implementing, testing and evaluating ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose
  • understanding the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.

Scheme of Assessment

All candidates will be entered for Paper 1, 2 and 3.

Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes)

A written paper contains multiple-choice, short-answer and structured questions. There will be no choice of questions.

Paper 2 and 3 (2 hours 15 minutes each)

The practical tests focus on the candidate’s ability to carry out practical tasks rather than to explain the theory of how the tasks are completed. Candidates are assessed on their ability to complete these tasks.

All 3 papers will take place at FUTUREKIDS Computer Learning Center, by means of a CAIE-set assessments, under controlled examination conditions. The documentation and printouts produced in the assessment will be externally marked by CAIE.

Weighting of Papers

Paper Weight
1 40%
2 30%
3 30%

Examinations Schedule

Examinations are held in June and November each year with results issued in August and February respectively.

Curriculum Content

The curriculum content is set out in sixteen interrelated sections. These sections should be read as an integrated whole and not as a progression. The sections are as follows:

  1. Types and components of computer systems
  2. Input and output devices
  3. Storage devices and media
  4. Networks & the effect of using them
  5. The effects of using ICT
  6. ICT applications
  7. The systems life cycle
  8. Safety and security
  9. Audience
  10. Communication
  11. File management
  12. Images
  13. Layout
  14. Styles
  15. Proofing
  16. Graphs and charts
  17. Document production
  18. Databases
  19. Presentations
  20. Spreadsheets
  21. Website authoring

For more detail, please visit the following link: CAIE IGCSE - ICT (0417)

Course Outline

Module Section(s) Covered Study Hours
Module 1: Presentation Authoring 12, 19 9 (6 Lessons)
Module 2: Data Analysis 16, 20 12 (8 Lessons)
Module 3: Website Authoring 12, 21 12 (8 Lessons)
Module 4: Data Integration 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 21 (14 Lessons)
Module 5: Computer Systems & Networking 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10 24 (16 Lessons)
Module 6: Application and Effects of ICT 5, 6, 9, 11 21 (14 Lessons)
Module 7: Systems Analysis and Design 7, 15 12 (8 Lessons))


Applicants should:

  • Students should pass a computer programming aptitude test. Please contact Futurekids for further details.

Schedule Detail

Please click on the following links for further detail about the schedule.