Computer Science GCSE

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Computer Science GCSE

What will you study?

Computer Systems
Systems Architecture
Memory and storage
Wired and wireless networks
Network topologies, protocols and layers
System security
System software
Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
Computational thinking, algorithms
Programming techniques
Producing robust programs
Computational logic
Translators and facilities of languages
Data representation


Computer Science teaches a number of key skills which are invaluable to a career in computers and almost any other field too. Computer Science teaches creative thinking, problem solving, how computers communicate and programming. The world we live in today relies heavily on Computer technology. Understanding how they work will open up a world of opportunity to you both in school and after you have left. Computer Science enables students to go on and study a number of computing subjects at college and beyond including Software Development. Computer Science skills are not just restricted to computer technology fields. Computers are widely used in sports science, fashion design, medicine, law, engineering and many many more.

The Course

All students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of programming skills and projects. Students will learn how to code using a text based programming language to solve real life problems. These projects will give students a taste of what it will be like to be a professional programmer and also cover content that will be assessed in paper 2.

How will you be assessed?

There will be final examinations at the end of Year 11.

This will consist of 2 papers:
Paper 1: Computer Systems1 hour 30 minutes (written exam)80 marks (50%)
Paper 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming1 hour 30 minutes (written exam)80 marks (50%)