Key Stage 4

Computing is the study of Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. At Saffron Walden County High we offer students two options pathways at GCSE level, with the aim of equipping students with the digital skills they need to progress into further study and careers in digital industry.

Computer Science GCSE

Students studying GCSE Computer Science will learn a mix of theoretical concepts and practical programming, using the language Python. This subject is highly mathematical, therefore we ask that students have a certain standard in Maths at the end of KS2 to opt for this GCSE. (Computer Science GCSE counts as a Science in the EBAC measure.)

For a full list of subject content including skills developed, please see the below.

Exam Board: AQA


Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving

What's assessed? Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content.

How it's assessed? Written exam set in practically based scenarios: 1 hour 30 minutes • 80 marks • 50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Written assessment

What's assessed? Theoretical knowledge from subject content, this covers a wide range of aspects from how the computer works to ethical and legal issues surrounding the subject.

How it's assessed? Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes • 80 marks • 50% of GCSE

Btec Award in Digital Information Technology (DIT)

Students studying for the DIT will learn a mix of practical digital skills using a range of software applications. This is a hands on subject, which focusses on using a range of digital products and looks at time and project management.

For a full list of subject content including skills developed, please see the links to the right.

Exam Board: Pearson


Component 1: Coursework unit (30%)

This assessment consists of 3 pieces of coursework which involve understanding and using project management techniques, understanding the theory behind interface design and applying that knowledge.

Component 2: Coursework unit (30%)

This unit aims to give students an insight into different types of data the skills they need to analyse data and how spreadsheets can be used. Students will learn how to create spreadsheets and learn the different functionality available.

Component 3: Exam unit (40%)

Students will be introduced to various topics which concern IT, we will take a look at cloud based systems, and how businesses use IT. This is a varied collection of topics and covers aspects from legalities to system design and cyber security.