Computer Science

Exam Board:  Edexcel

Exact Course Title: GCSE Computer Science

Why should I choose to study Computer Science?

Our aim is to deliver a rounded computing curriculum, raising attainment and to build a culture of achievement within the department.  If you enjoy exploring and you like trying things, the computing course is for you.  You will need to be good in Mathematics and enjoy finding things out in order to be successful in computing.  We will enable you to become lifelong, enterprising, independent learners, able to take risks and assume responsibility confidently.

What will I learn?

You will cover topics in the principles of computer science, application of computational thinking and also complete a project on computer science. You will learn the ability to think logically to solve complex problems.

What will be expected of me?

Students will have to be able to write pseudo-code as well as to read it. You must be prepared to do extra coding at home and be committed to completing this to a deadline. Computing is also about taking some risks and working hard to solve problems.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop the ability to apply “Computational thinking” and foster the skills and knowledge required for further study. This will include applying mathematical logic to create different computer programmes. The skills will prepare students for real world computer challenges.

How will I be assessed?

Most of the assessment is written papers completed at the end of the course. One examination is based on the principles of computer science and consists of multiple choice, short and extended open response questions. The second examination is on the application of computational thinking. Questions are based on scenarios and contain short and extended open response questions. The final part of the assessment is a computer science project. This takes place under supervised conditions with the mark scheme based on four stages of development.

Where will this qualification lead me? 

The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification will help students to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. Your creative, logical and critical thinking will enable you to apply your skills to an apprenticeship in computing or progression onto a Level 3 computing course.