Exam Board: AQA
In this course you will develop your programming skills with a view to building functioning applications. In addition you will learn how a computer works at the base level and have opportunities to work collaboratively in a manner which mirrors that in industry.
Paper 1: Computational thinking and programming skills
Computational thinking, code tracing, problem solving, programming concepts including the design of effective algorithms. Students will be required to design, write, test and refine Python program code.
2 hour written exam - 50% of GCSE.
Paper 2: Computing concepts
Fundamentals of data representation, computer systems and networks, cyber security, relational databases and structured query language (SQL) and the ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society. Students will be required to write and refine SQL.
1 hour 45 minutes written exam. 50% of GCSE.
You will develop the following skills:
Where can it take me?
This course enables students to study the subject at A Level or university. The increasing importance of computing means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this field. The course is also an excellent preparation if you want to study or work in areas that rely on the skills you will develop, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.
Miss N Allsop (Curriculum Leader - Computer Science)