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GCSE Computing Science

Head of Department: Mr I Bartram

Examining Board: EDEXCEL CC

Subject code: 1CP1

GCSE Computer Science is an exciting subject which takes a ‘behind the scenes’ look at computers. The overall aim of the course is for pupils to be able to intelligently explain how computers work and understand how this knowledge can be used to manipulate them for our own purposes. A large proportion of this course is spent on computer programming, where candidates will learn to write their own software and test it to ensure that it works reliably. Pupils will also learn how to approach problems logically, whether they are related to computers or not.

In addition to the practical and problem solving modules of the course, students will learn about: the internal components of computers; data storage, compression and encryption; networks, network security and the world wide web; and databases.

The course objectives

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science;
  • including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation;
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems;
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society;
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.

At the end of the course, there are two written examinations in addition to a project in the Spring Term of Upper 5.The subject code is 1CP1 and the paper codes are 1CP1/01, 1CP1/02 and 1CP1/3A