Computer Science

From September 2016 we are introducing a new syllabus for Computer Science.  The current GCSE and the new syllabus can be seen from the links on this page.

Students who commenced their course before September 2016, see GCSE Graded A*-G

Students who commenced their course after September 2016, see GCSE Graded 9-1

GCSE Graded 9 - 1

Board and Exam

Edexcel GCSE Computer Science

The Course

Students will complete three units of work.

Principles of Computer Science

This unit will assess all topics and will be comprised of a 1hr 40 minute written exam.  Topics include:

  • Algorithms
  • The requirements for writing program code
  • Binary representation
  • Computer networks
  • Components of a computer system

Application of Computational Thinking

This second unit is assessed by through a 2 hour written exam built around a scenario, where the focus will be on understanding, interpreting, amending and creating algorithms.  It will also provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of developing program code.

Controlled Assessment

The final unit, will require students to develop a computer program and produce a report which provides evidence of the development of their project.

What skills students will develop

Students will develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts.

  • Acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
  • Use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about the use and be aware of the implications of different technologies
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts
  • Develop computer programs to solve problems
  • Develop skills to work collaboratively
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.

How students are assessed

Students are assessed in three units.  They will complete 2 written exams each worth 40% of the overall qualification and a controlled assessment worth the remaining 20%.

Homework

Homework is set once every week to consolidate the learning that occurs in the classroom and provides an opportunity for students to develop their independent skills.

How parents can help

  • Make sure you are aware of when controlled assessments are taking place and support your child in ensuring they attend lessons when these are scheduled.
  • Ensure adequate revision is taking place in preparation for written examination
  • Encourage your child to spend quality time completing homework assignments