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GCSE Computer Science

AQA GCSE Computer Science is available as an optional subject at GCSE.

GCSE Computing counts as a Science subject towards a student’s English Baccalaureate (EBACC).

The structure of the course is as follows;

UNIT

UNIT NAME

ASSESSMENT

TOPICS

PERCENTAGE OF FINAL GRADE

Paper 1

Computational thinking and problem-solving

1 hour 30 minute written exam

  1. Fundamentals of algorithms.
  2. Programming.
  3. Fundamentals of data representation.
  4. Computer Systems.

40%

Paper 2

Written Assessment

1 hour 30 minute written exam

  1. Fundamentals of computer networks.
  2. Fundamentals of cyber security
  3. Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society (including issues of privacy).
  4. Aspects of software development.

40%

NEA

Non-Examined Assessment (coursework)

20 hour coursework project.

  1. Non-Exam Assessment.

20%

 

The units to be studied in each year are as follows:

Year 10 OCR GCSE Computing

3 lessons per week

Paper 1 & 2 theory

Year 11 OCR GCSE Computing

2 lessons per week

Non-Examined Assessment

Paper 1 & 2 theory

 

Available Resources

RESOURCE NAME

CONTENTS

URL

AQA GCSE Computing Specification

Details about the course and past papers.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/gcse/computer-science-8520

Python

Free installation of Python Software.

https://www.python.org/downloads/

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