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GCSE Computer Science


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Summary

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£275 inc VAT (was £305)
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Study method
Online, self-paced
Duration
12 months
Qualification
Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science
Regulated qualification What's this?
CPD
120 CPD hours / points

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Overview

Studying Computer Science gives students the tools and knowledge that they need to understand the operation of programmable systems and networks as well as introducing them to programming in Python.

Doing this IGCSE will enable you to complete and function with the Computer Science tools that you will need to use in further courses of study and employment.

Qualification

Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science

Regulated by Ofqual

CPD

120 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

Description

This qualification provides students with the opportunity of operating confidently in today’s digital world. It is a useful, practical qualification which will provide skills needed in further education and work.

You will learn about topics such as:

Topic 1: Problem solving including algorithms
Topic 2: Programming in Python
Topic 3: Data types, representation and storage
Topic 4: Computer hardware and logic
Topic 5: Communication, networks and the internet
Topic 6: Emerging trends, issues and impact

Content:

This IGCSE is divided into the following:

Students study all of the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Problem solving
  • Topic 2: Programming
  • Topic 3: Data
  • Topic 4: Computers
  • Topic 5: Communication and the internet
  • Topic 6: The bigger picture

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable you to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.

Skills Gained

You will gain extensive skills in programming and algorithm development

  • You will understand the operation of computer hardware at a fundamental level
  • You will be able to use a variety of data types
  • Provide a solid base for study at higher education level.

Assessment

The Edexcel IGCSE Computer Science qualification is gained the exam papers are successfully completed.

These exams are administered by Edexcel. As a private candidate you will sit your exams in an exam centre such as a school, college or private tuition centre.

Use the map below there are a huge number of places where you can sit your exams.

UK Exam Centres

In addition, if you select the added tutor support there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the content, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty. This will ensure you are prepared for the final exams.

How quickly can I complete the IGCSE?

You can complete your IGCSE as quickly or slowly within the 12 months as you choose. The recommended study time for the content is 120 hours. The exam dates are set by the exam boards and for IGCSE Computer Science are available in May/June each year.

Requirements

No prior qualification needed.

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FAQs

What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At reed.co.uk courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on reed.co.uk, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.