North East Futures UTC

GCSE Computer Science

Subject content

This GCSE will cover the topics as shown below:

Fundamentals of algorithms,

Programming,

Fundamentals of data representation,

Computer systems,

Fundamentals of computer networks,

Fundamentals of cyber security,

Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy,

and Aspects of software development.

Assessment

Paper 1
What’s assessed?

In this paper students will be tested on the fundamentals:

Computational thinking,

Problem solving,

Code tracing

and Applied computing.

As well as the first half of the topics:

Fundamentals of algorithms,

Programming,

Fundamentals of data representation

and Computer systems.

How’s it assessed?

Written exam set in practically based scenarios: 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks

40% of GCSE

Paper 2
What’s assessed?

This focus on the second half of the topics:

Fundamentals of computer networks,

Fundamentals of cyber security,

Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy,

and Aspects of software development.

How’s it assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks

40% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA)
What’s assessed?

Assesses a student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, consistent with the skills described in Section 8 of the subject content above.

How’s it assessed?

Report: totalling 20 hours of work

80 marks

20% of GCSE

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