Computer Science

Why study Computer Science?

Pupils have grown up in a world where technology is evolving rapidly, creating new subject areas to explore and changing the way people work in every area from medicine and fashion to engineering and economics. So whatever their career plans, it is vital to develop their grasp of these ideas and concepts that will shape their future world.

Computer Science shows how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying Computing gain insight into computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.

This GCSE gives pupils an excellent opportunity to investigate this and to see how computers work and how they're used, whilst developing computer programming and problem-solving skills to help their investigations and developing their computational thinking skills; this allows them to think well beyond software and hardware systems they might study, and helps them understand computer based technology, which is a skill that all pupils should be aware of and have some competence in, no matter what they choose as further education or a future career.

Key Stage Three

All pupils at Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School study Computer Science in Years 7 and 8. During this time, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of three main topics:

  • Computer Structures
  • Data representation
  • Programming and development

This ensures they have a strong foundation to continue the study of Computer Science at GCSE. At the end of Year 8 pupils have the option to continue onto the GCSE course in the next academic year.

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have 1 Computer Science lesson once a fortnight and homework is set regularly, in line with the school's homework policy.

Key Stage Four

GCSE Computer Science builds upon the computational skills and understanding that have been developed at Key Stage Three. Pupils who have chosen to take Computer Science at GCSE follow the AQA Computer Science (9-1) Specification , which consists of :

  • A non-examination assessment (Coding) which is worth 20% of the final GCSE mark
  • Two written examination papers which is worth in total 80% of the final GCSE mark

GCSE Computer Science Qualification

Pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 have 5 lessons a fortnight and homework is set regularly, in line with the school's homework policy.

Curriculum Overview

Please click on the links for further information about the study of Computer Science at GCSE:

Computer Science Specification
Parents and Pupils guide to Computer Science