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Computer Science GCSE

Computer Science

Computer Science is about understanding computers and computer systems. Every day we are using computer systems; modern civilisation would not function without it. Computer systems control airplanes, our health service, cars, coffee makers, washing machines, tax systems, the internet, microwave cookers, mobile phone networks, laptops, desktops, alarms, central heating, remote control television, traffic light systems and more.  To comprehend our place in the digital world, we must understand that it is the human that is clever – not the machine. This course gives pupils an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.

Here is a summary of the course details for the new 9-1 GCSE Computer Science course as it currently stands:

Computer systems (01): 50% of qualification, written paper, 1 hour, 30 minutes (no calculators allowed)

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02): 50% of qualification, written paper, 1 hour, 30 minutes (no calculators allowed)

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Programming project: 20 timetabled hours which consolidates the learning across the specification through practical activity.

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions
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