Computer Studies

Summary of Course Assessment


Content Overview Assessment Overview 

Computer Systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired & wireless network
  • Network topologies, protocol and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns                       

Computer Systems (01)
80 Marks
1 hour and 30 minutes
Written paper
(no calculators allowed)


of total

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logics
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation
Computational thinking,
algorithms and programming
80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes
Written paper
(no calculators allowed)       


of total GCSE

Programming Project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and Evaluation and conclusions
Programming project
40 marks
Totalling 20 hours
Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)


of total GCSE


The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.

This course will enable learners to develop computational thinking skills built on a sound base of conceptual learning and understanding.

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