From personal computers to smartphones, from apps to websites, all of our lives, every day, are enhanced through the use of computer hardware and programming technology. The new GCSE in Computer Science reflects this and provides students with a solid foundation for understanding and applying this subject in their future education and working lives in some of the most dynamic and well paid industries in the UK.
Programmes of Study
There are three core units – Unit 1 Computational thinking and problem solving involving writing and using computer code including coding, data security, software algorithms, and Unit 2 – theory such as cyber security, software development, networks, computer systems.
Marking and Assessment
All assessments will be marked in accordance with the criteria set by Pearson.
Unit 1 and 2 are assessed by examinations comprising multiple choice questions and open-ended questions set around scenarios and case studies, each worth 50% of the final GCSE mark.
Revision Guides/Supporting Resources
Unit 1 and 2 revision materials will all be provided by the department and subject teacher.
Computer Science is subject within the ICT Department
Mr Christie – Teacher of DIT & Computer Science
Mr Moorcroft – Teacher of DIT & Computer Science
Careers and Progression
The GCSE in Computer Science has been founded in partnership with teachers, students, education specialists and industry-leading employers. This subject helps prepare students for apprenticeships and careers in IT such as network management, software development, making apps, developing computer games or further studies in computing.
This course can lead directly on to Level 2 or level 3 study in further education and then on to higher education for degrees including: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Games Development, Information Systems, Forensic Computing, Computer Technologies, Network Management and Web Design and Services.