GCSE Computing

Option Subject

Introduction 

Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives, from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the different ways in which businesses and governments deal with us.

Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, or just know what it really means when someone says, “the computer made a mistake”, studying Computing will provide you with valuable knowledge.

This three unit course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. You don’t need to have studied this subject before, and assessment is based on two written exams and programming tasks.

Beyond GCSE 

If you take a GCSE in Computing, and then go on to study the subject at A level or degree level, you’ll have an advantage over fellow students who are selecting the subject at these higher levels. The increasing importance of information technologies means there’ll be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this field.     

The course is also an excellent preparation if you want to study or work in areas that rely on the technical skills you will develop, in areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

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