Computer Science (4512)

This is our current GCSE specification.
For our new specification see:

GCSE Computer Science (8520)

Controlled Assessment tasks for students entering in 2015 and 2016 are now available on e-AQA

Our GCSE Computer Science course gets students working with real-world, practical programming techniques that give them a good understanding of what makes technology work.

Developed collaboratively with teachers, industry and the wider computer science community, we've made sure that our GCSE has built-in progression to further studies and is recognised as developing the skills that employers value.

The qualification is split into two components:

  • Component 1 - Practical programming - is examined by controlled assessment.
  • Component 2 - Computing fundamentals - is exam based.

Our comprehensive support and training help you to plan, teach, and assess, including a full range of training and CPD courses that cover everything from preparing to teach to getting to grips with programming.

GCSE Computer Science counts towards the English Baccalaureate science measure, offering students a new option that achieves maximum recognition.

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EXAMPRO-LOGO-v4Exampro has just published GCSE Computer Science, which is free of charge and provides online access to the specimen questions and 2014 questions, mark schemes and examiner comments. Find out more. 

YRS-2-1Engage your students with this video of the ethical impact of programming from the 2013 Festival of Code.


Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Computer Science
Specification code 4512
QAN codes 6004908X

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