Course Content

At Key Stage 3 Computer Science is delivered as units within a larger curriculum which also covers ICT and Digital Citizenship.


Exam Board 

Edexcel GCSE Computer Science (1CP2)

2 Examinations

  • Component 1: Principles of Computer Science (written)
  • Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking (on-screen)

Course Content

The GCSE Computer Science course consists of two unit components, both of which are assessed with external examinations, one being a written examination and the other being an on-screen practical programming exam.

Component 1: Principles of Computer Science

  • This component covers the knowledge that underpins the whole course. Algorithms, data, hardware, software, binary logic, binary representation of data, data storage, compression, networking and network security and the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment
  • (External Written Examination 50{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb})
    Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking
  • The main focus of this component is understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work and how to interpret, amend and create them. This unit also covers developing program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms.

(External On-Screen Examination 50{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb})

Useful Subject & Revision Websites

Exam Success

GCSE Computer Science has an established track record of success. Our results pre-covid put us in the top 6{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} of schools in the country for value-added (students performing above their expected grade).


Exam Board

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing

Two written examinations:

  • Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science – (Synoptic) – 2 hours
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems – 1 Hour 45 mins

Course Content

The objective of this qualification is to provide learners with access to subject knowledge and skills in computer science and computer systems, enabling learners to progress to further study of the sector or other sectors.

Initially, learners study three core units:

  • Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science – (Synoptic)
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • Unit 7: IT Systems Security and Encryption

The qualification includes a choice of optional units:

  • Unit 14: Games Development.
  • Unit 17: Mobile Apps Development

These units allow progression to a variety of degrees when combined with other suitable Level 3 qualifications.

Useful Subject & Revision Websites

Extensive revision materials are provided within faculty through online OneNote Class books.

Exam Success

June 2018 all students passed the course with 60{0fa29e37a5ff5b819bc9d205477dcf2080d55da20457d57d8c85d351a6dec1cb} attaining Distinction or Distinction Star grades.