KEY STAGE 4 GCSE COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy and the role of computer science as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering, and as a discipline in itself, 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 specification has been designed with this in mind.

Our GCSE Computer Science course gets students working with real-world, practical programming techniques that give them a good understanding of what makes technology work.

In GCSE Computer Science students learn:

  • to create applications that run on the web
  • to create simple computer games
  • the fundamental concepts around creating software applications
  • to use the programming language Python

For those taking the new 9-1 GCSE, the course consists of:

  • Paper 1 – Computational thinking and problem solving – 40% of GCSE
  • Paper 2 – Written assessment – 40% of GCSE
  • Non exam assessment – Total 20 hours of work – 20% of GCSE

For more information about Computer Science at Manor School please contact the Curriculum Lead for Communications Miss C Collier (cheryl.collier@manorschool.northants.sch.uk).

Please follow the link below to access the full specifications for Computer Science on the awarding body website:
http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/computing/specifications/AQA-8520-SP-2016.PDF

The BBC Bitesize revision website has a range of activities and test materials for GCSE subjects. The link below will take you to the GCSE subject page for Computer Science where you can choose a topic to revise:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty

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