Computer Science GCSE

Course Content

The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.

This GCSE (9–1) specification in Computer Science encourages learners to be inspired, and challenged through completing a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The specification will help learners to gain an insight into related sectors. It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

  • Computer Systems
  • Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming
  • Programming Project (NEA)


40% - Examination 1: Computer Systems (90 minute Examination)

Systems Architecture • Memory • Storage • Wired and wireless networks • Network topologies, protocols and layers • System security • System software • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.

40% - Examination 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (90 min Examination)

Algorithms • Programming techniques • Producing robust programs • Computational logic • Translators and facilities of languages • Data representation.

20% - NEA: Programming project (internal assessment)

Programming techniques • Analysis • Design • Development • Testing and evaluation and conclusions


The specification has been designed to seamlessly transition into Computer Science at AS Level and/or A Level.

Start Date

July 2017

Exam Board



Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course Level