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GCSE Computer Science

Course contact: Mr Weaver - weaverd@harpergreen.net

Specification: GCSE

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Course Outline

Computer Science provides students with the opportunity to learn about the different parts of a computer, what they do, and how to read and write code. It allows you to develop your knowledge of how the internet works and how networks help us, learn about security on a computer and look at different types of files and documents and why each of these are used.

A typical lesson might involve...

  • Individual, paired and group work
  • The use of workbooks, learning mats and interactive activities
  • The use of computers to research tasks
  • Practical lessons to develop coding skills 
  • Homework and independent home learning
  • Computer use for appropriate tasks

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Computer Systems - worth 50% of final grade (90-minute examination)

The paper covers system architecture, memory and storage, computer networks, network security, systems software and ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology.

Unit 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming- worth 50% of final grade (90-minute examination)

Knowledge of programme design and creation. The paper covers algorithms, programming fundamentals, producing robust programs, Boolean logic, programming languages and integrated development environments.

You should choose Computer Science if...

  • You are interested in how computer technology works
  • You have the ability to think mathematically and logically
  • You are focused, resilient, hard working and able to solve problems
  • You have an interest in current and emerging technologies

hgs year 9 options booklet 09.pdf

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Computer Science Information Presentation

Computer Science Taster Session

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