Computer Science

For study in Year 10 or 11 only

Exam Board: AQA

Course code / Specification number: 4512

Level of qualification: GCSE

What will the students learn about?

GCSE Computer Science is different from other GCSE/ICT Computing courses because it focuses on the fundamentals of programming, the practical creation of applications e.g. mobile and web technologies and computer games key computing concepts.

What skills will students develop and demonstrate?

In the exam you will need to read information about programs and suggest possible improvements and or be able to discuss why the program is incorrect for its purpose.  You will need to have a high level of mathematical skills to work with Denary, Binary and Hexadecimal calculations.  The practical controlled assessments need to show that you can write at length using good English, spellings and punctuation.  You need to show that you can set out your work in a logical well-presented way following industry standards for the lifecycles of your programs.

How will students’ learning be assessed?

40% written exam – 1 hour 30 minutes

30% controlled assessment (1)

30% controlled assessment (2)

What grades can students achieve?

A*—G

After completing this course what can students progress on to?

Computer science A-Levels / courses at college

Relevant apprenticeships in the area of computing / software developing / game making.

For further information, please contact:

Mr O’Neill: d.oneill@fhs.essex.sch.uk