Computer Science

Exam Board: Edexcel

Syllabus Number: 1CP1


The course gives you a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. You will be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from your other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give you an insight into what goes on in the hardware, including computer programming.

The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will  be a growing demand for people who are qualified in this area. Students who have taken a GCSE in Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or University will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving you a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.

The course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills.

What will I be studying?

Unit 1CP1/01
What algorithms are, what they are used
for and how they work. Writing program code. Components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code. Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web. Emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and
the environment.
NEA – This element is an in-class exam, the students work on a problem and write and test code to create a program that fulfils the brief.  This is usually taken in autumn of Year 11.

Unit 1CP1/02
Applications of computational thinking,
what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; writing program code. Binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption
and databases.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1CP1/01 Principles of computer science.
Written paper, 1-hour 40 minutes, 80
marks. 50% of total GCSE marks.

Unit 1CP1/02 Application of computational
thinking. Written paper, 2 hours 50% of total
GCSE marks.

NEA Unit Non examined assessment.
20 hours class time.