Functional ICT is all about using ICT skills in a flexible way to produce documents which are "Fit for Purpose". It's what people outside of school expect you to be able to do with ICT.
The course is assessed through a single exam. You use a computer to produce a series of pieces of work which are printed. Only printed work is marked in this course.
In the exam you might have to:
- produce a letter
- write a memo
- make a presentation
- develop a poster
- create a spreadsheet, including using graphs
You need to make sure that you can do all these things without any problems, especially using formulae in spreadsheets.
The exam is available at 2 levels:
- Level 1 - quite basic work with simple spreadsheets and word processing
- Level 2 - more complex work using things like IF statements and complex tables in word processed documents
For both levels it is crucial that you make sure that you type your name, candidate number and centre number (you'll be told the numbers; we hope you know the name by now...) at the bottom of each sheet you hand in. You can't hand write it - and if it's not there the marker will ignore the work!
How to do IT:
There are a number of basic exercises for you to practice with. Some of these come from past exam papers.
Then there's the Heart Touch Exercises. These are an entire exam paper - at both Level 1 and Level 2
Then the School Trip Activities take you through a set of three entirely typical functional activities. Well worth a look.