What will I learn?
You will be encouraged to think creatively, logically and analytically; to analyse problems in computational terms. Pupils will have the opportunity to design, write and debug computer programs through practical experience of problem solving.
How will I be assessed?
The course is externally examined
Paper 1: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving
This paper is worth 50% of the whole GCSE and assess a pupils practical problem solving skills and computational thinking skills.
Paper 2: Written Assessment
The paper assess pupils theoretical knowledge and understanding of data representation, computer networks, cyber security and ethical and environmental impacts of digital technology. The paper is worth 50% of the GCSE.
Programming Project: Pupils will produce a computer program in response to a project set by the exam board. A written report accompanies the project.
Are there any entry requirements?
While there are no formal entry requirements, involvement in programming 101 or 102 and secure mathematical skills would be beneficial.
Where could it lead?
There are many exciting careers that Computer Science prepares pupils for: web designer, games developer, software engineer, data analyst to name a few.
What would complement this course?
Other Science subjects, as well as Maths and Media Studies.
Do you have a question about this course? Email the Subject Leader