Computer Science

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What Will I Learn?
  • The GCSE Computer Science 9-1 (2016) programme works to engage students in real world practical programming techniques that will give students a good understanding of how technology works.
  • Solve complex, challenging problems. Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.
  • Develop your programming skills using programming languages such as Python or JavaScript. You will also learn about computing concepts such as Data Representation (Binary code, hexadecimal code), computer networks, systems architecture, algorithms etc.

How Will I Be Assessed?
  • Component 01 – Computer Systems [40%]

Exam Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Marks: 80 marks

Weighting: 40% of total GCSE

  • Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming [40%]

Exam Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Marks: 80 marks

Weighting: 40% of total GCSE

  • Component 03 – Programming Project (non-exam assessment) [20%]

Coursework Duration: 20 hours

Marks: 40 marks

Weighting: 20% of total GCSE


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practice tasks, classroom discussions, project based activities and students presentation.
You will also complete mock exam papers throughout the year in preparation for the final exam.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This 2-year course will give you a GCSE in Computer Science, which counts as an EBacc subject. You will then be able to choose to complete KS5 Computer Science or ICT qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).

What Will I Learn?
  • The GCSE Computer Science (2013) programme works to engage students in real world practical programming techniques that will give students a good understanding of how technology works.
  • Solve complex, challenging problems. Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.
  • Develop your programming skills using programming languages such as Python or JavaScript. You will also learn about computing concepts such as Data Representation (Binary code, hexadecimal code), computer networks, systems architecture, algorithms etc.

How Will I Be Assessed?

 

  • Component 1:

Paper-based exam (120mins) – 75% of GCSE – Principles of Computer Science

Exam will be held in January 2016

  • Component 2:

Controlled assessment (15 hours) – 25% of GCSE – Practical Programming.

Controlled Assessment will be issued in January 2016 and submitted to Edexcel on May 2016.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practice tasks, classroom discussions, project based activities and students presentation.
You will also complete mock exam papers throughout the year in preparation for the final exam.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This 2-year course will give you a GCSE in Computer Science, which counts as an EBacc subject. You will then be able to choose to complete KS5 Computer Science or ICT qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).