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IGCSE (ICT) Information & Communication Technology Course – Edexcel

Self-study online GCSE ICT courses with access to tutor support when you need it.

Study online at your own pace from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Access your course as much for a whole year - Log on and off at your own pace to suit. Our learning platform is accessible from anywhere on any device. 

Be thoroughly prepared for your GCSE ICT courses exams.

Access self-testing exercises, complete a series of tutor marked assessments to check your understanding as you progress.

You can even complete a past exam paper in preparation. IGCSE certification carries the same value and recognition as GCSE, both within the UK and internationally. 

Qualification: IGCSE ICT Information & Communication Technology
Support: 1-year support included - Email your tutor or call our support line
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
Edexcel Specification: Code 4IT1
Exams: Book your own exams 
Price: Interest-Free Finance
Type of Study: Study online 

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

This course is divided into the following:

Students study all of the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Digital Devices
  • Topic 2: Connectivity
  • Topic 3: Operating Online
  • Topic 4: Online Goods and Services.
  • Topic 5: Applying Information and Communication Technology
  • Topic 6: Software Skills

Entry Requirements

There are no previous qualifications required. However, students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Students do not require a placement to complete this course. 

Course Duration

This course comes with 12 months support included:

Average study time: 200 Hours

You can access your course as little or as much as you want over a 12 month period. If you want to complete quickly, then you can. It’s totally up to you!

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


The IGCSE ICT  qualification is gained once all the exam papers are successfully completed.  These exams are administered by Edexcel and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

Paper 1: Written Paper Paper code 4IT1/01

  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: June
  • 50% of the total International GCSE
  • Students are assessed through a 1-hour and 30-minute written examination, set and
    marked by Pearson.
  • The examination comprises a mixture of multiple-choice, short- and
    long-answer questions.
  • The total number of marks available for the examination paper is 100.
  • The examination addresses all three Assessment Objectives.

Content summary
Students must study all of the following topics:
Topic 1: Digital Devices
Topic 2: Connectivity
Topic 3: Operating Online
Topic 4: Online Goods and Services.

Paper 2: Practical Paper Paper code 4IT1/02

  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: June
  • 50% of the total International GCSE
  • Students are assessed through a three-hour practical examination, set and marked by
    Pearson (includes printing time).
  • The examination window takes place during one week in May/June.
  • The total number of marks available for the examination paper is 100

Content summary
Students must study both of the following topics:
Topic 5: Applying Information and Communication
Topic 6: Software Skills

Additional Examination Fees

As a private candidate, it is the students responsibility to arrange their own examinations and practical assessment if required. This is not part of the service offered by UK Open College.

This should be done prior to enrolment with us. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary arrangements in place & confirmed.

Fees for these services can vary hugely from centre to centre. It may be worth travelling out of area. (It’s worth it)
You can view a list of official CIE approved examination centres here 

The later you leave it to arrange, the more expensive it can be. At times, it can be impossible to arrange so plan ahead. (6 months minimum recommended)

Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14 day cooling off periodif you have not confirmed these arrangements with your selected centre.

Enquire & confirm with your chosen centre, do not leave it to chance!

Our partner in Education - Absorb

We have teamed up with Absorb Online Learning to deliver this course. Specialists in the delivery of GCSE & A Levels, Absorb online learning will provide you with access to your course for 12 months and provide tutor support for your course.

All of the tutors for this course are fully qualified experts in their chosen fields. Many of them also teach in schools, colleges and universities, or are working professionals in the private sector. Some of our tutors are also recently retired, but keen to pass on their expertise to new generations of learners.

Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions: 

Example: Based on a Max finance agreement of £600

Aged 21 and above (Maximum age 75)
Minimum income of £7,200 PA (£600.00 PCM) 
Permanent resident in the UK for a min of 3 years
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card
You are not bankrupt or in an IVA. 

Under 21 – We will require a willing parent, guardian or family member to take out the finance for your studies on your behalf. 

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks if you meet the above criteria. You may be asked for evidence of income. 

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditons. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872. 

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered. 

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Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply email our accounts department with your request cancel on accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk. 

Please note: Any request to cancel outside the 14 days cancellation period will be declined. 

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