Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

01768 371693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

GCSE Computing

This course is designed to give students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works ‘under the bonnet’. Students will develop programming, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which provide an excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science.

If you are the kind of person who enjoys ‘thinking outside the box’ in Maths and Science lessons and finding solutions to problems, then this course is for you; you will harness the power of the computer to make complicated tasks simple.

What will I study?

coding, algorithms, number conversions, binary additions/overflows and hexadecimal number conversions. You will also look at data storage and compression, databases and look ‘under the bonnet’. In taking a computer to bits you will look at the parts under the bonnet and their functions.  We will look at the different functions of and types of software from utility software to operating software and programs. You will look at different types of networks and network weaknesses. This will lead us to look at network security and the internet.

Key Subject Aims

  • Gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
  • Provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science, including programming skills.
  • Develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

Course Structure

Component 1: Principles of Computer Science - Written 1 hour 40 minute examination (50% of qualification). 

Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking - Written 2 hour examination (50% of qualification). 

Component 3: Programming Project - non examined assessment, 20 hours. Pupils will develop a computer program based on a project set by the examination board.