This course will give students an in-depth technical understanding of how computer technology works, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. This GCSE provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in fields where programming and technical understanding are key. There is massive skills gap in this area, especially for girls. It is a specialised course for students looking to either go into a career or further study based around computers and programming.
You should consider this subject if:
This subject will count as a science option in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). Any student who sits any three of the four separate sciences and achieves at least a C in two of them will meet the science requirement of the EBacc.
The course is assessed based on a 20% CA element (a 20 hour programming project, completed at the start of year 11) and two exams sat at the end of year 11.
Unit 1 (Computer Systems), an exam worth 40% of the qualification, covers Systems architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired and wireless networks, Network topologies, protocols and layers, System security, Systems software, Moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.
Unit 2 (Computational thinking, Algorithms and Programming), an exam worth 40% of the qualification, covers Algorithms, Programming techniques, Producing robust programs, Computational logic, Translators and facilities of languages & Data representation.
Unit 3 (Programming Project), a controlled assessment worth 20%, requires that students plan, design, build, test and evaluate a program in a text based programming language, such as Python. This is completed in Year 11.
Internal Assessment (20%)
Unit 3 – Programming project (CA)
External Examinations (80%)
Unit 1 – Computer Systems (40%)
Unit 2 – Computational thinking, Algorithms and Programming (40%)
Future Careers: Software, App and games development, Technological engineering, Network management, Computer design, development, repair.