Grammar and Syntax
GCSE Computer Science is split into three components.
Component 1: Computer Systems – This includes Systems architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired and wireless networks, Network topologies, System security, System software and Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns. This is assessed through a 1 hour and 30 minute written paper and is worth 40% of the total GCSE.
Component 2: Computational thinking, Algorithms and Programming – This includes Algorithms, Programming techniques, Producing robust programs, Computational logic, Translators and facilities of languages and Data representation. This is assessed through a 1 hour and 30 minute written paper and is worth 40% of the total GCSE.
Component 3: Programming Project – This includes Programming techniques, Analysis, Design, Development and Testing, Evaluation and Conclusions. This project should total 20 hours and is worth 20% of the total GCSE.