GCSE Computer Science J276

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What is the qualification?
A GCSE graded 9 – 1

What will students be doing on the course?  How will it be structured?
Three components, two of which are examinations and the third a 20 hour programming project.  Students will learn the theory of topics such as networks, security, computational logic, data types and programming skills.

Two examinations for component for 1 and 2 which will take place at the end of Year 11.  During the summer term of Year 10 and autumn term of Year 11 students will complete a 20 hour non-examination assessment where they have to solve a programming problem.

What skills do students need to develop to be successful at this course?
Problem solving, independence and time management are just a couple of skills.  Students will build on their knowledge from Key Stage 3.

What could this qualification be used for?
Students could continue to study the subject at Key Stage 5.  The skills learnt in problem solving could also be applied in other subjects.