Why study this subject?

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across Science and Engineering is growing rapidly. Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this course has been designed with this in mind. Computing is a challenging subject to study and we dive quickly into the technical workings of computer technology and programming. Learners should be driven, enthusiastic, have a good work ethic and must have achieved a Level 5 or above in Maths at KS2 as this will enable them to understand the logic required for programming.

What skills will I develop?

This course will help you learn about critical thinking, analysis and problem solving. You also gain skills in teamwork and leadership, time management and organisation, report writing and presenting reasoned arguments. We hope you’ll find it a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can also be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.


What will I study?

Computer Systems: Systems architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired and wireless networks, Network topologies, Protocols and layers, Network security, System software & Moral, social, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming: Translators and facilities of languages, Algorithms, High and low level programming, Computational logic & Data representation

Programming Project Using Python: Programming techniques, Design Development, Effectiveness and efficiency, Technical understanding & Testing, evaluation and conclusions


How will I be assessed?

Computer Systems: 80 marks , 1 hour 30 minutes written exam , 40% of the total GCSE

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming: 80 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes written exam, 40% of the total GCSE

Programming Project Using Python: 40 marks, 20 hours controlled assessment, 20% of the total GCSE


What GCSES will I need to go on to study a particular course at Post 16?

To study Computing or ICT at Level 3 you will need to achieve at least 5 GCSE’s grades A* – C or equivalent. If you are studying Computing at Level 2 and wish to continue with this subject at Level 3 then you must achieve at least a C or equivalent at Level 2. This will be one of your 5 subjects.


What career options may be opened up to me by studying this GCSE?

From games developer to manager of IT and communications services, computer science graduates have a range of opportunities open to them. Jobs directly related to a degree in computing include: database administrator, business analyst, software engineer, programmer, information systems manager, systems analyst, web developer to name a few