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Computer Science

Brand new course - started September 2013


Due to the success of the A Level Computing Course, we introduced this new GCSE as an option subject from September 2013. All students will still take IT as a core 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. 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.


This course is suitable for students who are good at and like Maths and problem solving.

Learning to program requires studetns to work well independently and outside of formal lessons to boost their programming skills.


Key academic areas covered will include:

  • Computer Hardware & Networking
  • Algorithms & Programming Techniques
  • Software Development Life Cycle
  • Database Concepts


Component 1 - Practical programming

  • Approximately 50 hours of controlled assessment (2 tasks of 25 hours each).
  • 60% of the marks - 126 marks (63 marks for each task) available
  • Inernally assessed, externally moderated.
  • Different tasks will be provided by AQA each year.
  • Working independently students demonstrate their ability to code and thoroughly document a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts e.g. gaming, web, mobile phone apps.


Component 2 - Computing Fundamentals

  • Exam - 1 hours 30 minutes, 40% of the marks
  • 84 marks available
  • Externally assessed (either a paper-based or on-screen)
  • All questions will be compulsory and will be taken from across the subject content. This component will include a range of types of questions from very short to extended answers.


Students will learn how to:

  • create applications that run on mobile devices & operate in a web enabled environment.
  • learn how to create simple computer games
  • gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications
  • have opportunities to work collaboratively


N.B. This course is more akin to a Science/Maths subject than ICT and covers in-depth theory of Computing.