Computer Science

Why Study this course?

GCSE Computer Science is the study of Computer Systems, Computational Thinking and Programming. Students will develop their technical understanding and the ability to analyse and solve problems using computational thinking. GCSE Computer Science is ideal for those individuals who wish to pursue a Computing based career in the future. Example careers include Data Analyst, Web Developer and Games Developer just to name a few.

What will I learn?

There are two topics, studied over the two years. Both are written papers which 1 hour and 30 minutes each.

J277/01 Paper 1 – Topic: Computer systems 50%

1.1 Systems architecture
1.2 Memory and storage
1.3 Computer networks, connections and protocols
1.4 Network security
1.5 Systems software
1.6 Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology

 J277/02 Paper 2 – Topic 2 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 50%

2.1 Algorithms
2.2 Programming fundamentals
2.3 Producing robust programs
2.4 Boolean logic
2.5 Programming languages and Integrated Development Environments

NEA Practical Programming Task:

All students will have to undertake a programming task to solve a problem (or problems) during the course. Students will draw on some of the content in both components when engaged in Practical Programming.

 There are three assessment objectives (AOs)

 AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and principles of Computer Science.

AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts and principles of Computer Science.

AO3 Analyse problems in computational terms:

  • to make reasoned judgements
  • to design, program, evaluate and refine solutions

Where can the course lead after Key Stage 4?

At Bradgate Sixth Form, students can pick A-Level Computer Science for extended study. Students will develop creativity, analytical and problem­ solving skills which are highly valued by universities and employers. can also undertake many vocational qualifications from doing this course.

For more information, please contact Mr Dhorat