Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science

Curriculum Provision
The computing syllabus will give pupils 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 find interesting. Through this study of computer programming, the course will help pupils develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and applied in day-to-day life.

Information technologies continue to growing in importance and there will be a bigger demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If pupils wish 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; what can be computed and how, and 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)


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