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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find fascinating. Computer Science is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly.

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically aware individuals.

This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and the course specification has been designed with this in mind.

Entry Requirements

Students should have a strong interest in computers, particularly how they work. They should also be keen on learning how to code and create effective applications on different platforms (web, mobile, PC, etc). Students will have the opportunity to use their problem solving skills, develop critical and logical thinking, be able to work independently as well as in a group, and demonstrate commitment towards their work. 


  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Networking  Data types
Computational logic
Aut.2 Systems Architecture
Systems security
Systems software
Spr.1 Mock assessment Assessment
Spr.2 Mock assessment Computational thinking
The internet and the WWW
Sum.1 Algorithms
Data representation
Sum.2 Memory  

 Assessment Overview

Component Marks Duration Weighting
Computer systems (01)
Calculators not allowed
80 1hr 30mins 50%
Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)
Calculators not allowed
80 1hr 30mins 50%

Career Pathways

Computer Science is useful in the workplace. Pupils can progress to A Levels in Computing or ICT or a BTEC Level 3 in ICT. There are obvious careers, such as system analyst, programming, app inventor, web developer, computer engineer, computer security expert, and network administrator and computer technicians.

Computer Science is also one of the highly respected academic subjects in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which form a good foundation for future academic pathways.

For more information click on our 6th Form A Level Computer Science Course.

Career Options

You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in Computing and ICT on the BBC Bitesize website.

For example careers that lead from this subject click here.