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GCSE Computer Science

Type of subject: Academic, technical

This subject goes well with: Maths

If you pick this subject, don’t also pick: Cambridge National Level 1/2 Creative iMedia

Example of topics studied:

The GCSE in Computer Science will involve the following topics:

  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Networking
  • Algorithms
  • Programming Techniques
  • Software Development Life Cycle
  • Database Concepts

Additional information:

This qualification:

  • prepares students to learn, work and live in an increasingly digital world
  • develops creativity, logic, independent learning and self-evaluation
  • gives students a chance to design apps and software for technologies they use: mobile phones, games consoles and the internet
  • teaches computing which is of enormous importance to the economy and focuses on computer technologies that are relevant in the modern world
  • has content overlaps with Microsoft Technology Associate certifications to give industry recognised skills
  • gives a thorough grounding in computing, creating opportunities for students to move on to A levels, vocational courses, industry recognised IT qualifications and employment
  • also supports progress in other areas such as technology, science, engineering and the creative industries.

How is the course assessed?

Two written exam papers (100% of overall grade) test students’ understanding of the themes of study.  One controlled assessment tests practical programming skills using a theme provided by the exam board.  Learners will code their solutions in a suitable programming language.

Who should I talk to if I want to ask about this subject?

Mr T Ditta