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GCSE Computer Science

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Why Study Computer Science?

Students who take GCSE in Computing will want to extend their understanding of the technology behind the digital world in which we live.

They will want to know how computers work, what hardware and software actually do and want to learn programming skills that they can then use to solve computer based problems.

There will be a focus on Python to create high level console applications along with the function of low-level programming, through conceptual models and the use of assembly code programming.

Course Content & Development of Expertise

Computer Systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory and Storage
  • Computer Networks, connections and protocols
  • Network security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology

Computational Thinking, Algorithms And Programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Producing robust programs
  • Boolean logic
  • Programming languages and integrated development environments

You will develop skills in managing computer based projects, database design and use, programming in specific computer languages.

Career Pathways

There is currently a shortfall in the number of well skilled IT professionals within the workforce.  This course is specifically designed to deliver the sort of high level skills that might lead to a successful career in the area.

This course provides the best first step towards A Level Computing, touching on all the key areas that are covered in greater depth within the A Level course.

Qualification Information

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Qualification: GCSE Computer Science

Awarding Body: OCR


Assessment Structure

Paper 1: Computer Systems

  • 50% of the total GCSE
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • written paper

80 marks

Paper 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

  • 50% of the total GCSE
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • written paper

80 marks

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