Computer Science

Key Stage 4 Computer Science

Exam Board and Specification

GCSE Computer Science is taught using the AQA GCSE Computer Science Specification.

This specification recognises the well-established methodologies of computing, alongside the technological advances which make it such a dynamic subject.

Assessed By

Paper 1

What’s assessed?

  • Computational thinking
  • code tracing
  • problem-solving
  • programming concepts including the design of effective algorithms and the designing
  • writing
  • testing and refining of code.

This will be drawn from the topics: Fundamentals of algorithms and Programming

Paper 2

What’s assessed?

  • Fundamentals of data representationComputer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer networks
  • Cyber security
  • Relational databases and structured query language (SQL)
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy

Topics/Skills Taught

Years 10 & 11

Computer Science

Extra-Curricular Opportunities