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GCSE Computer Science

This course provides a strong grounding in computer systems and programming.

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Exam Board: AQA 8525

Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science encourages students to recognise well established methodologies of computing along with looking at technological advances. The subject covers a range of computing areas enabling students to explore the array of different concepts that computing encompasses.

Entry Requirements

Maths – Target of grade 6+ required

Course Content

  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Programming
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Computer Systems
  • Fundamentals of computer networks
  • Cyber security
  • Relational Databases / SQL
  • Ethical, legal & environmental impacts


Paper 1: Computational thinking & programming skills (50% of GCSE)

Paper 2: Computing concepts (50% of GCSE)

Where does it lead?

The Computer Science GCSE gives students an excellent preparation for studying Computer Science at A Level. With all areas of people’s lives using computers in one way or another, knowledge of how these systems work is beneficial even if a different career path to computers is chosen