Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science aims to equip students with the skills of the Computer Scientist and to help them to solve problems, think logically and take a methodical approach to work. Writing, testing and refining computer programs is a significant part of the course. Students will also learn about the importance of the subject and consider the limits of what can be done computationally.


Paper 1: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving, written paper, 90 minutes, 80 marks, 40% of grade.

Paper 2: Theory, written paper, 90 minutes, 80 marks, 40% of grade

Non-exam assessment (NEA): practical programming task, 20% of grade


  • Develop an understanding of current & emerging technologies and how they work, applying this understanding in a range of contexts.
  • Acquire and apply knowledge, technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms to solve problems using programming.
  • Use their knowledge and understanding of technology to become independent and discerning users of computers, able to make informed decisions about usage and be aware of the implications of different technologies.
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of computing in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of and issues related to the use of computer technology in society, including digital security

POSSIBLE CAREERS HAVING STUDIED GCSE COMPUTER SCIENCE: Students that study Computer Science at GCSE level will often move onto study this subject at both A Level and at University. Some possible careers that this subject can lead to: systems analyst, computer programmer and network manager.  The skills, knowledge and understanding developed on this course will be valuable for any future career