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Computer Science

Who should take GCSE Computing?

This course is suitable for students who want to explore and investigate how computers work and used. You are most likely to enjoy the subject if you have a real interest in how computers work; you are a logical thinker and enjoy problem solving.

The course is designed to:

•Inspire and enthuse learners to become more technology savvy – producers of technology products rather than just consumers.

•Learners gain the opportunity to build their understanding and knowledge of computing, with an emphasis on programming and problem solving skills.

•To encourage personal development, motivation and confidence, through practical participation by giving learners responsibility for their own projects.

How is the course assessed?

This three unit course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and provides an opportunity to look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’.


The assessment consists of two written examinations and an externally moderated non-exam
Unit 1 – Computer Systems; Written Paper 40% of the qualification
Unit 2 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming 40% of the qualification
Unit 3 – Programming Project; controlled assessment 20% of the qualification


What future careers may this subject lead to?

Computing is a subject which is becoming more and more central to every type of business.  A good foundation in Computing will enable you to follow one of a wide variety of career paths. Well qualified and skilled programmers are in great demand as shown in numerous surveys. Further specialised study can lead to employment in the gaming industries. A computing qualification is a good basis for work as an IT technician, IT consultant, computer engineer, software engineer, analyst, data modeller, systems administrator, network administrator, software applications developer, programmer and development.

The course is also an excellent preparation if you want to study or work in areas that rely on the skills you’ll develop, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.