Why choose to study GCSE Computer Science?
Aims of the Course:
The aims are to develop: • computational thinking, that is thinking about what can be computed and how, and includes consideration of the data required • understanding of the main principles of solving problems by using computers • understanding that every computer system is made up of sub-systems, which in turn consist of further sub-systems • understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they interrelate, including software, data, hardware, communications and people • skills necessary to apply understanding to solve computer-based problems using a high-level programming language.
How Are Candidates Assessed?
All candidates take two papers:
Paper 1 Theory (1 hour 45 mins) Short answers and structured questions based on section 1 of the course.
Paper 2 Problem solving and Programming (1 hour and 45 mins) Short answers and structured questions based on section 2 of the course.