GCSE Computer Science
This is our current GCSE Computer Science specification.
For our updated specification (first teaching September 2020) see: GCSE Computer Science (8525)
- 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.