GCSE Computer Science

Why Study this Course?

Computer science is the study of computers and computational systems. It has much in common with Engineering and Mathematics.  Students will learn how to break a problem into manageable chunks and then design and code programmes in response to each problem.  Computer scientists earn big bucks. Recent graduates in professional roles earn on average £25,144 a year. Compared to other subjects that’s fairly substantial

What will I learn?

There are two topics, studied over the two years.

Topic 1: Computer systems

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

Topic 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

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

How will I be assessed?

There are two exams. Each lasts 1 for 30 minutes. Each represent 50% of the total marks for the GCSE.

Paper 1: Computer systems
A written examination testing AO1 and AO2. It is worth 80 marks.
Paper 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

A written examination testing AO1, AO2 and AO3. It is worth 80 marks.

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 to after Key Stage 4?

The digital age needs computer scientists in every industry.  Computer science students have excellent graduate prospects.  Computer scientists earn big bucks. Recent graduates in professional roles earn on average £25,144 a year. Compared to other subjects that’s fairly substantial