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 Baseline test

Syllabus: AQA GCSE Computer Science 8520

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Subject content

Assessments

 

Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving

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Paper 2: Written exam

 

 

Non-exam assessment

What's assessed

Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content 1–4 above.

 

How it's assessed

Written exam set in practically based scenarios: 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks

40% of GCSE

Questions

A mix of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions assessing a student’s practical problem solving and computational thinking skills.

 

What's assessed

Theoretical knowledge from subject content 3–7 above

 

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks

40% of GCSE

 

Questions

A mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions assessing a student’s theoretical knowledge.

 

What's assessed

The non-exam assessment (NEA) assesses a student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, consistent with the skills described in Section 8 of the subject content above.

How it's assessed

Report: totalling 20 hours of work

80 marks

20% of GCSE

 

Tasks

The development of a computer program along with the computer programming code itself which has been designed, written and tested by a student to solve a problem. Students will produce an original report outlining this development.

 

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