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    GCSE Computing

    Key Stage 4

    Curriculum Provision

    The computing syllabus will give students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on 'behind the scenes'. As part of this, they will investigate computer programming, which many students find interesting. Through this study of computer programming, the course will help students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.

    It is a fact that information technologies continue to have a growing importance. This means there will be a bigger demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If students want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of computer science, they will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone.

    Key Stage 4 Assessment

    There are three units and each has its own assessment:

    Computer Systems and Programming

    90 minute written examination paper - 40% of the qualification.

    Practical Investigation

    Controlled assessment of approximately 20 hours - 30% of the qualification.

    Programming Project

    Controlled assessment of approximately 20 hours - 30% of the qualification.

    How I can support my child’s learning?

    There are a number of websites that students can access at home to help improve their knowledge and understanding of Computing. These include: Code Avengers, Teach-ICT, Code Academy, Pygame.