Rickmansworth School GCSE Pathway 4 Option Booklet

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Computer Science

Overview The course gives students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. They get an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in a computer. This includes a substantial amount of computer programming in Python, JavaScript, and HTML, which many students find absorbing. The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming. This gives students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. Students with a GCSE in Computer Science, who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university, will have an advantage over others who are picking up the subject at these levels.

Costs Students will need access to a computer at home. Python programming language is free to download

Trips There are no compulsory trips associated with this course.

Pathways Further Education: A Level Computing University: Computer Science, Software engineering, Artificial Intelligence Career: Programmer, Computer Hardware, Network Manager, Engineer, Financial and Resource Manager, Science and Medicine careers

Content Content is studied across both Year 10 and 11.

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Computer systems (40%)

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (40%)

Programming Project (20%)

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Systems Architecture

Programming techniques

Memory Storage




Wired and wireless networks Network topologies and protocols System security System software

Programming techniques


Producing robust programs Computational logic

Testing, evaluation and conclusions

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Data representation

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