Information and Communication Technology

Important. Although I have been a Chief Examiner for Pearson Edexcel and was involved in the development of the IGCSE ICT specification, this project is NOT in any way endorsed or supported by Pearson Edexcel and does not claim to represent the view of the company or any of its employees.

Disclaimer. I have tried to ensure that no inappropriate material is contained in these pages, but I have no control over where students may end up if they click away to other sites.

All of the Learning Objectives are listed and linked to further down on this page.

There is also an index and links to some useful web sites with free ICT software and resources.

This is the home page of an e-text book project that I am developing as a resource for ICT teachers and students.

The project came about because a number of teachers asked me recommend a suitable book for the IGCSE ICT examination (specification 4IT0) from Pearson Edexcel.

The problem is that nothing seemed to have been written for that specification, so I decided to have a go myself.

The e-book is organised around the IGCSE ICT (4IT0) learning objectives (LOs).

The intention is that the site should be useful for other ICT courses at a similar level and to people who are simply interested in the topic, so their content is not restricted to the IGCSE ICT (4IT0) specification.

You can Help. Make suggestions or add some Information Technology content.

ICT is probably the fastest moving subject of all. You can help to keep this resource up-to-date.

If you would like to contribute to the site with text or images you can contact me via the Contact button on the navigation bar.


What you may and may not do.


All the pictures are either my own work or are Public Domain. You may use them yourself if you want to. A credit saying where they came from and / or a link would be nice but it is not a legal requirement.

The text is all my own work, except where I have credited someone else. I retain the copyright. Please ask if you would like to use any of my work.

Teachers. As above, but if you would like to use any of my work as a teaching resource you don't need to ask.

Links to IGCSE ICT Topics

The Index is here.  A - G   H - M  N - R  S - Z

Useful Information Technology Web Sites

Free ICT software and resources.

All of the sites open in a new window.

A revision source for students studying the Cambridge IGCSE. It's a different  specification, but there is a lot of common theory content.

Libre Office

Open Office

Free Office Suites with most of the abilities of MS Office but at a much better price. They each have a word processor, spreadsheet, database, presentation package, and other useful tools.

They available for all Windows versions, MAC OS X and most versions of LINUX as well.

The Gimp.

An open source art package. This links to the Windows version but it is available for MAC OS X and LINUX as well.

Free software from Serif.

    Serif are giving away older versions of their software.

    PagePlus, desktop publisher.

    WebPlus, web site writer.

    DrawPlus, graphics package.

    PhotoPlus, photo manipulation package.

    MoviePlus, movie editing software

    PanoramaPlus, for stitching images together



Free, open source, web site writer for Windows, LINUX and MAC OS X.



Free, open source, desktop publisher for Windows, LINUX and MAC OS X.



Free graphics and image editing software. Originally designed as a free replacement for MS Paint.


Free clipart collections

    public domain images

    open clipart library

    WP Clipart

All external links from the topic pages open in a new window.

They were safe when I made the link but I don’t control the content. Please tell me if a link is broken or you find something nasty.

LO1 Types of ICT systems and how they may be used.

LO19 Staying safe on-line.

LO2 ICT Systems, Hardware and Software.

LO20 Identifying and using appropriate sources of information to match task requirements.

LO3 Data storage, bits and bytes.

LO21 Evaluating information sources to determine their fitness for purpose.

LO4 Selecting the right ICT system to meet user needs.

LO22 Search techniques and queries to find and filter out relevant information

LO5 Linking ICT devices to form networks.

LO23 Selection and use of appropriate software to solve a problem or perform a task.

LO6 The benefits of having a network.

LO24 Entering and organising information on a document to meet specific requirements.

LO7 Making a network secure.

LO25 Setting up and using appropriate page layouts to meet specific requirements.

LO8 Connecting to the Internet.

LO26 Working with text and tables to improve page appearance and clarity of information..

LO9 Common Internet services.

LO27 Working with images in documents.

LO10 Common intranet services.

LO28 Working with spreadsheets to enter and analyse numerical information.

LO11 How ICT affects individuals, organisations and society.

LO29 Working with databases to enter and organise information

LO12 Legal issues relating to the use and / or misuse of ICT.

LO30 Combining different types of information to solve a problem or perform a task.

LO13 Legal constraints on using information.

LO31 Using appropriate software facilities to help ensure the accuracy of work.

LO14 Customising the GUI, desktop and application interfaces.

LO32 Ensuring that a piece of work is fit for purpose and appropriate to its audience.

LO15 Managing files and folders.

LO33 Using email and other ICT-based communication.

LO16 Creating a safe working environment.

LO34 Evaluating the effectiveness of solutions.

LO17 Risks to data and personal information.

Getting better marks in an examination

LO18 Managing security for data and personal information.

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