|Course title:||GCSE Computer science|
|Exam board:||Pearson Edexcel|
|Available grades:||Grades 9-1|
|Content overview:|| Paper 1 – Principles of Computer Science
· Topic 1: Computational thinking – understanding of what algorithms are, what they
· are used for and how they work; ability to follow, amend and write algorithms; ability
· to construct truth tables.
· Topic 2: Data – understanding of binary, data representation, data storage and
· Topic 3: Computers – understanding of hardware and software components of
· computer systems and characteristics of programming languages.
· Topic 4: Networks – understanding of computer networks and network security.
· Topic 5: Issues and impact – awareness of emerging trends in computing
· technologies, and the impact of computing on individuals, society and the
· environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.
Paper 2 – Application of Computational Thinking
|Assessment:||Paper 1: Principles of Computer Science – Written Exam, 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of the qualification
Paper 2: Application of Computational Thinking – Onscreen Exam, 2 hours, 50% of the qualification
|Skills required to be successful:||This course is most suitable for students that have applied themselves in Mathematics. Acceptance on this course will be based on maths assessments and we recommend having at least an A3 in maths with E1 being desirable.
· Apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science
|Further study links:||A Levels, BTECs in Computer Science|
|Career opportunities:||· Software Developer
· Cyber Security Analyst
· Database Administrator
· Penetration Tester
· Computer Hardware Engineer
· Computer Systems Analyst
· Computer Network Architect
· Web Developer
· Information Security Analyst
· Computer Programmer
· Project Manager
Students can progress from this qualification to: