The GCSE Computer Science qualification provides a practical approach to developing computational skills. This includes innovative, practical on-screen assessment to ensure all students develop the computational skills they need for an exciting digital future beyond the classroom.
This qualification has a straightforward structure with six comprehensive topic areas, assessed through two externally examined papers. One of these is a written paper focused on computational thinking, data, computers, networks, and issues and impact of computing in the world today. The other is a practical on-screen assessment, which focuses on the ability to analyse and solve problems by designing, writing, testing, and refining programs.
The qualification’s combination of written and practical elements balances theory and practical application, providing students with a rounded experience of computer science.