Computing

Our GCSE in Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Assessment

There are two 1 hour 30 minute exams, of 80 marks each. Each paper is worth 50%. Both papers are non calculator.

  1. Computer systems – how computers work, the architecture of computers. Software and hardware. Ethical impact of the digital age.
  2. Computational thinking, algorithms and programming. Algorithms, programming – design and evaluation. Boolean logic.

All marks for this qualification are exam-based. Concepts such as CPU architecture, binary, logic, hexadecimal conversion, programming, debugging are just a few of the concepts that will be covered. A firm grasp of maths is essential in computing.

Requirements

To be successful in computer science, you need to have a genuine passion for the world of computers. You will want to teach yourself programming languages, want to know how a computer works and be confident with maths.

Where can it lead?

If you want to work with computers, you will need to understand the world of computer science. Jobs like programmers, web developers, games developers, technicians and IT consultants would require a fundamental understanding of the elements covered on this course.

This course prepares you for Level 3 ICT/Computing-related qualifications, such as A-Levels. It can also lead to a career in ICT/Computing-related industries.