GCSE Computer Science

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8520
  • QAN code: 601/8301/9

This specification has been created to get students working with real-world programming and provides a good understanding of the fundamental principles of computing.

We’ve built on the popular aspects of our current specification and added new features such as an assessment which includes computational thinking. This provides an academically challenging specification for students of all ability levels. You can choose from a range of programming languages for non-exam assessment, so you can tailor your specification to the preferences of you and your students.

We’ve worked collaboratively with teachers, industry and the computer science community to produce a specification that’s as inspiring to teach as it is to learn. Our GCSE has built-in progression to further studies and is recognised as developing the skills that employers value.

Specification

Specification at a glance

Specimen papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources

Plan

9

Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources

Teach

35

Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources

Assess

23

Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 14 May 2018 Exam for GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 (new) (8520/1)
    Series: June 2018
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 30m
  • 17 May 2018 Exam for GCSE Computer Science Paper 2 (new) (8520/2)
    Series: June 2018
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 30m

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Email: computerscience@aqa.org.uk