GCSE Computer Science

Contact: Mr. Tracey, KS4 Lead for Computing 

Why study Computer Science?

Computer Science can open doors to a number of interesting, challenging and rewarding careers. Technology is firmly embedded within our society and there is great demand for highly skilled, technically able individuals.

Computer Science is a rewarding but specialised option choice which demands dedication and hard work from those who complete it. Students undertaking Computer Science enjoy Mathematics, solving challenging problems and working outside of lesson time on tasks. They have an interest in understanding how things work and are willing to repeatedly experiment whilst not being afraid to make frequent mistakes.

What content is studied?

We study the EDUQAS Computer Science GCSE syllabus which will provide students with the opportunity to learn exactly how computers work and how to create complex computer applications. This will provide a solid basis for further study of Computing at A Level and beyond.

The course is split into theory and practical components, with a heavy bias towards the theory concepts of programming.

Students will learn the fundamentals of computing through Component 1. They investigates hardware, logical operations, communication, data representation and data types, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering, program construction, security, authentication and data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society as well as algorithms and programming constructs.

Component 2 investigates problem solving, programming languages, data structures and data types, program design, implementation and testing. Learners are required to produce a programmed solution to a set task which will then be the basis for examination.

How are the students assessed?

All courses are currently using the following structure for assessment:

  • Component 1: Understanding Computer Science – Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Component 2: Computer Programming – On-screen examination: 2 hours