GCSE Computer Science (AQA)

What is Computer Science? The study of the principles and use of computers.

What jobs can this lead to? Computer scientists design new software, solve computing problems and develop different ways to use technology. Are you interested in a job in Robotics? Websites? IT Systems? Computer Games?

What is Computational Thinking? Computational Thinking involves looking at a problem and working out a way a computer might be able to help you solve it. To do this, you need to understand how a computer processes information.

This course is offered due to the growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies exploding in recent years, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees.



  1.  You will complete 1 NEA (Non-Exam Assessment) contributing 20% of the GCSE grade, this is completed over twenty hours in Year 11.
  2. You will complete 2 written assessments/papers, one theoretical and one computational thinking, contributing 80% of the GCSE, the two exam papers will equate to three hours.

You will learn a range of programming languages and complete your NEA using Visual Basic, Microsoft’s own language.

This GCSE will be graded using one to nine (nine being the highest grade). This GCSE is linear so all assessment takes place at the end of Year 11. This qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate and Progress 8 performance measures. 

The NEA will consist of a new brief released from the exam board each year. You will need to design, create, test and suggest potential enhancements and report on the solution.


Topics Covered:

  • Units of information
  • Representing images

  • Representing sound

  • Encoding

  • Data compression

  • Structured programming

  • Programming concepts

  • Hardware and software

  • Systems architecture

  • Algorithms

  • Computer Networks

  • Cyber Security

  • Legislation and Ethics