GCSE Introduction

Looking at the content and requirements of the AQA 8520 Computer Science GCSE.

GCSE Introduction

Paper 1: Computational thinking and problemsolving

What's assessed:
Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content 1– 4.

How it's assessed:
Written exam set in practically based scenarios. 1 hour 30 minutes / 80 marks / 40% of GCSE

Questions:
A mix of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions assessing a student’s practical problem solving and computational thinking skills.

Course Summary

Paper 2: Written assessment

What's assessed:
Theoretical knowledge from subject content 3 – 7.

How it's assessed:
Written exam. 1 hour 30 minutes / 80 marks / 40% of GCSE

Questions:
A mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions assessing a student’s theoretical knowledge.

Course Summary
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