Introduction

The aims of Computer Science courses at Key Stage 4 & 5 are to develop an understanding of how computers work and communicate with each other, opportunities to develop and continually improve programming skills and also the application of these skills to solve practical problems in a creative and efficient manner.

Key Stage 4

WJEC GCSE Computer Science (2610)

This GCSE specification encourages candidates to explore how computers work and communicate

in a variety of contexts. There is ample opportunity for them to apply and consolidate their

knowledge of computer programming by carrying out practical tasks that will develop their capacity

for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. They will develop the skills of design

and evaluation, and they will test and problem-solve when errors occur in both their own systems and those of others.

Topics covered are;

  • Computer Systems
  • Data Representation
  • Computer Software
  • Networks
  • Internet & Communications
  • Algorithms
  • Programming
  • Ethical, Social, and Legal Aspects
Unit 1 – Understanding Computer Science  External examination (45%)
Unit 2 – Solving Problems Using Computers  External Examination (30%)
Unit 3 – Developing Computing Solutions
Controlled Assessment (25%)

OCR GCE Computer Science (H046)

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop

  • an understanding of, and ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • mathematical skills
  • the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.
Computing Principles External Examination (50%)
Algorithms and problem solving External Examination (50%)