Computer Science Course Outline

Qualification - WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Computer Science

September 2020 brought in a new specification. The theory stayed the same – for which we have a complete course already on itslearning. The second component is simpler and focusses on just algorithms and Python – both of which we have started already in KS3.
Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government,
education, leisure and the home. In this technological age, a study of computer
science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of
problems, is essential to learners, especially to help with careers in Science and Mathematics.

Skills Required

Logical discipline and imagination are needed to design algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs.
This usually means being good at Maths and Sciences, but this qualification also goes with Geography, D&T and most jobs are helped with knowledge of how computers work and an ability to code.

Assessment Method (Predicted)

Component 1: Understanding Computer Science Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
This component investigates hardware, logical operations, communication, data representation and data types, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering, program construction, security, authentication and data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society as well as algorithms and programming constructs.

Component 2: Computer Programming On-screen examination: 2 hours
50% of the qualification
This component investigates problem solving, programming languages, data structures and data types, program design, implementation and testing. Learners are required to produce a programmed solution to a set task which will then be the basis for examination.

Post 16 Opportunities and careers

Successful completion of GCSE Computer Science will allow progression to A-level Computer Science at Lady Lumley’s School.
Computer Science is highly regarded by all Universities including those in the Russell Group, especially with Maths and Sciences.
This in turn can lead to a career as a Software Developer, Web Developer, AI Programmer, Games Programmer, or Cyber Security Consultant.

"I chose Computer Science because I already liked programming; because Computer Science will be useful as a career and because it goes well with Science and Maths (other STEM subjects)”

‘An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world.  Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children and that includes our girls in this critical field.’

Videos from the Department

Mr Turnes goes into detail about what to expect when you take up the Computer Science course, what kinds of resources you will receive and what topics you will cover.