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 old 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

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources

Plan

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

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Teach

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

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Assess

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

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 1 April 2020GCSE Computer Science pre-released programming project issued 1st April. Available on Secure Key Materials on aqa.org.uk (8520-NEA)
  • 11 May 2020 Exam for GCSE Computer Science Paper 1 (8520/1)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 30m
  • 14 May 2020 Exam for GCSE Computer Science Paper 2 (8520/2)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 30m

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