Computer Science

Exam Board


Assessed by

2 x Written examinations




This course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming.


Through this qualification, students are encouraged to:

  • Understand the fundamental principles of Computer Science
  • Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs
  • Analyse and solve practical problems using computer programs, for example designing, writing and debugging programs.
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science


Why choose GCSE Computer Science?

It will enable you to develop valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely useful in the modern workplace and will give you a deep understanding of computational thinking and how to apply this thinking to a programming language.



Computer Science is now assessed through two written examinations. Each exam is worth 50%.


Programming is a core skill which continues to be a focal point of our updated GCSE. Candidates are required to develop programming skills as part of the GCSE. These skills will reinforce and support access to the content in the GCSE written examinations.


The two units are split into:

  • Computer Systems.  This is assessed by a written examination, and includes topics such as Systems Architecture, Memory, Storage, Networks and Software among others.
  • Computational thinking algorithms and programming. This is assessed by a written examination and includes topics such as Algorithms, Programming techniques, Computational logic and Data representation among others.