Computer Science GCSE
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The Computer Science course gives students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. This course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including an emphasis on computer programming, which many students find absorbing.
The bulk of this course will develop computational thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming and algorithm design. Students will be required to solve logical and mathematical problems on a regular basis and should consider this when making their choice. Students will also learn about how computer systems work including hardware, data representation and networking.
Component 1: Computer Systems
Focuses on computer systems, covering the physical elements of computer science and associated theory.
Component 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms & Programming
Focuses on the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles.
Component 3: Programming Project
The programming project is a non-assessed requirement of the course where students will design and code a computer programme to solve a given problem. This does not contribute to their overall grade but provides important experience of managing extended projects and writing longer programmes.
Components 1 & 2 are assessed through two exams (50% each).
The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science, the most direct route being an A Level and then a degree in Computer Science. Increasing global reliance on information technologies means there is an ever- growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Students with a GCSE in Computer Science who then progress to study the subject at A-Level or university will have an advantage over their peers who are only just picking up the subject.