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Computer Science GCSE
Specification: Edexcel 1CP1

Computer Science is the study of how computer systems work and how they are constructed and programmed. It explores a set of techniques for solving problems and requires logical thinking to be developed to understand programming. These are valuable transferable skills.

You will learn about:
  • Programming – using Python to design, write and test a range of programs
  • Algorithms – and why they are at the heart of how computers work
  • Data – how it is handled and stored and what it can be used for
  • Hardware and Software – how computers work
  • Communication and the internet – networks and the world wide web
  • The bigger picture – Emerging trends, issues and impact
Problem Solving Programming Data Computer Systems Communications The Bigger Picture
Algorithms Data types and operation Understanding binary Hardware Networks Computing and the environment
Decomposition and abstraction Sequence and selection Data representation Software Network security Privacy
Developing algorithms using pseudocode Iteration and arrays Encryption Logic The internet and world wide web Ethical issues
Searching and sorting algorithms Records and files Databases Programming languages Cyber security Legislation


Component 1: Principles of Computer Science : 40% written exam - 1 hour 40 minutes
Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking : 40% written exam - 2 hours
Component 3: Application of Computational Thinking : 20% non-examined assessment; 20 hour project completed in lessons.

The knowledge and skills taught and will provide excellent progression to A level Computer Science and on to degree level courses in the areas of Computing, Engineering and Science. The course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus