Subject Breakdown Computing:
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Computer Science encourages learners to:
- understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs to do so
- think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
- understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
- apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.
Component 1: Understanding Computer Science (Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of the qualification)
Component 2: Computational Thinking and Programming (On-screen examination: 2 hours, 30% of the qualification)
Component 3: Software Development (Non-exam assessment: 20 hours, 20% of qualification)
Subject Breakdown ICT:
Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study.
It has been developed to:
- inspire and enthuse learners to become technology savvy – producers of technology products and systems and not just consumers
- give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries e.g. electronic publishing or multimedia production.
- allow for a flexible choice of units to meet the needs of learners with different interests and inclinations
- give learners a more focused understanding of Information and Creative Technology through a selection of optional specialist units
The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core and optional specialist units.
- The Online World External assessment
- A Digital Portfolio Internal assessment
- Creating Digital Graphics Internal
- Creating Digital Video Internal