Key Stage 4 Computer Science

Why should I study GCSE Computer Science and what will I learn?.

Computing is a 'Science' and as such is recognised as a high-quality academic subject and held in high regard by Colleges and Universities. Computational thinking skills can be applied in all your subjects and this course would be very suitable if you enjoy mathematics and physics, but also a keen interest in computers. The GCSE course is divided into two examinations and a non-examined assessment covering a wide range of topics:

Component 1 (50%) will introduce the principles of Computer Science, covering:

  • Algorithms
  • Binary and data representation
  • Interpreting pseudo-code
  • Computer networks
  • Trends in computing technologies
  • Computer Architecture


Component 2 (50%) will introduce computational thinking and programming skills, focusing on:

  • Developing program codes and constructs
  • Datatypes
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Operators and subprograms
  • Algorithms
  • Decomposition and abstraction

Component 2 NEA Project (not weighted)
Students will design, write, test and refine a program to meet a brief specification release by the AQA exam board.

You will need to be resilient and prepared to ‘think out of the box’. Those who have a logical mind, enjoy solving problems and who want to delve beneath the casing of a computer will find this course very enjoyable and rewarding and would suit those with strong skills in Mathematics and Physics.

What future opportunities can this course lead to?
Students choosing this course will be well prepared to take an A level or equivalent Computer Science, Engineering or ICT qualification in the Post 16 Centre or other further education establishments.

How will my work be assessed?
We aim to make lessons engaging and diverse through investigations, discussion and group work. The course will be challenging with students needing a high level of patience and problem solving skills to sift through code to overcome errors.

Who can I speak to for more information?
For further information about Computing please speak to your Computing Teacher

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