St Davids College

Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science

Exam Body

Pearson Edexcel

Head of Department

This course has been developed in conjunction with the exam board and the computer science community to create an engaging qualification that equips students with the knowledge and practical skills to thrive in the fast-changing world of computer science.

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.

Clear and simple structure

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.

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Paper 1:

  • Principles of Computer Science (*Paper code: 1CP2/01)
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 50% of the qualification 75 marks

Paper 2:

  • Application of Computational Thinking (*Paper code: 1CP2/02)
  • Onscreen examination: 2 hours
  • 50% of the qualification 75 marks
Nick Cogger

Head of Department

Nick Cogger

Computer Science Course Leader