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Computer Science

Our new and exciting Computing GCSE
is now part of our KS4 Curriculum.

Computing gives learners a real, in depth understanding of how computer technology works and provides excellent preparation for further study at A level and beyond for employment in a Computer Science area.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming and investigating computer systems.

This gives students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills which can be transferable to other subjects and day to day life. The Computing GCSE course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, science, forensic computing/ science, computer programmers and game designers.

Computer Science is delivered by our ICT department. 

View - Computer Science Schemes of Learning

The course is made up of 3 units of work:

A451: Computer Systems and Programming
This unit covers a range of areas about computer systems and programming theory and is examination based.

Written assessment of 1hr and 30mins
40% of total marks

A452: Practical Investigation
An investigation computing task, chosen from a list provided by the examination board which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of a problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, testing and recommendations/evaluations.

Controlled assessment
30% of total marks

A453: Programming Project
Learners need to understand programming techniques and be able to design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to develop suitable algorithms, design input and output formats, identify variables and structures and identify test procedures. Learners also need to demonstrate understanding by fully annotating the developed code to explain its function along with testing the solution.

Controlled assessment
30% of total marks