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GCSE Computer Science

Exam Board: Edexcel

This new, up-to-date qualification reflects the fast changing world of Computer Science. Help students develop the computational skills they need for an exciting digital future beyond the classroom with:

  • an exciting, practical focus on real-life programming, developing skills relevant to the future
  • innovative, practical, future-looking onscreen assessments


The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science consists of two externally-examined papers.

Paper 1 is a written examination (1hour 30 mins) and Paper 2 is a practical onscreen assessment (2hours). Both papers contribute 50% of the qualification.

Enrichment Opportunities

Visits to Canterbury Christ Church University/University of Kent, robotics and programming workshops, guest speakers, computing museum visit







Year 10

Terms 1 and 2

Programming constructs in Python 

Algorithms and Flowcharts  

Representing Data in Binary 

Terms 3 and 4

Decomposing problems with Python 

Standard Search and Sort Algorithms 

Binary Arithmetic, hexadecimal 

Terms 5 and 6

Design, test and refine programs with Python 

Legal and Ethical issues  

Cybersecurity and E-safety 

Year 11

Terms 1 and 2

Data validation with Python 

Representation of sound, images and text 

Revision & Exam Skills 

Terms 3 and 4

Computer Hardware, data storage and the CPU 

Operating Systems and system software 

Network Hardware and protocols

Revision & Exam Skills 

Terms 5 and 6

Revision and Exam skills  

External Exams (exact date TBA by exam board)