2017-2019 GCSE Options Booklet 3 Option Pathway

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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 None

Trips There are no compulsory trips associated with this course.

Pathways Further Education: A Level Computing

University: Computer Science, Software engineering, Artificial Intelligence Career: Programming, computer hardware, network management, engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine


Year 10

Year 11

All units are studied in both years

All units are studied in both years

Computer systems (40%) • Systems Architecture • Memory • Storage •

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40%)  Algorithms  Programming techniques  Producing robust programs  Computational logic  Translators  Data representation Programming project (20%)  Programming techniques  Analysis  Design  Development  Testing, evaluation and conclusions

Wired and wireless networks

Network topologies and protocols

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System security System software

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

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