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  • GCSE Computer Science

Curriculum Provision
The computing syllabus will give students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. As part of this, they will investigate computer programming, which many students find interesting. Through this study of computer programming, the course will help students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in dayto-day life.

It is a fact that information technologies continue to have a growing importance. This means there will be a bigger demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If students want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of computer science, they will
find that this course provides a superb stepping stone.

The syllabus aims are to develop:

  • Computational thinking, that is thinking about what can be computed and how, and includes consideration of the data required
  • Understanding of the main principles of solving problems by using computers
  • Understanding that every computer system is made up of sub-systems, which in turn consist of further sub-systems
  • Understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they interrelate, including software, data, hardware, communications and people
  • Skills necessary to apply understanding to solve computer-based problems using a high-level programming language (Python programming language)

Assessment
All candidates take two papers:

Paper 1 Paper 2

1 hour 45 minutes

Theory 60% 75 marks

Short answer and structured questions

Questions will be based on section 1 of the Subject content

1 hour 45 minutes
Problem-solving and 40% Programming 50 marks

Short answer and structured questions

Questions will be based on section 2
of the Subject content

20 marks are from questions set on the
pre-release material 1