GCSE Computer Science

Level:
GCSE

Exam board:
AQA

Description:

In GCSE Computer Science you will gain the skills to enable you to understand how to design and build apps, investigate how algorithms help create computer codes and the importance of cyber security and the ethical impacts of digital technology.
 
GCSE Computer Science helps you think about how technology is created. It allows you to understand how people work together with computers to develop world changing programmes like Facebook, Spotify and eBay. You’ll also develop the skills that colleges, universities and employers are looking for – and they’ll prove valuable for the rest of your life. GCSE Computer Science complements lots of other subjects, especially the sciences, fashion, textiles, music, maths and art and design.
 
Over the course you will cover the following:
• Computational thinking: this is the process of thinking through a complex problem, taking the time to understand what the problem is and then develop potential solutions for evaluation. These are then presented in a way that a computer, a human, or both, can understand.
• Theoretical content: here you will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. You will learn about the computer systems that you will create and use and also delve in to the world cyber security and ethical legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.
• Aspects of software development: understand how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively. Learn how to complete an overall evaluation to help refine the end product.
 
How will you be assessed? You will have two written exams which are 1 hour 30 minutes each. Together they contribute 100% of your overall grade. Your programming project assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. The programming project does not count towards your final grade.
 
Students wishing to study Computer Science should have a GCSE Maths target grade of 6 or above.