GCSE Computer Science


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GCSE Computer Science

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About This Course

Our GCSE Computer Science online course has been designed for students seeking to deepen their understanding of the field and prepare themselves for computer-related subjects at A Level and beyond. It also serves as an excellent resource for those aiming to enhance their career prospects through a deeper understanding of computers.

The core concepts of programming, databases, SQL, encoding, networks, and security will be covered in depth throughout the course. The curriculum matches that used by UK schools, so you can rest assured you are receiving the same level of quality.

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By enrolling in this online GCSE, you have the flexibility to study at your own pace, all from the comfort of home. We’ll also help you book your exams when you’re ready. Our exam-expert tutors will help you along the way, offering feedback and exam advice to make sure you’re achieving the highest marks possible for you.

Gain access to higher education and a better understanding of computer science, as well as qualifications recognised worldwide.

Please note: You are able to complete this course without sitting exams; however, in order to achieve a full GCSE Computer Science qualification, exams are mandatory.

Course Benefits

Split into 8 units, every element of this course seeks to expand your understanding of Computer Science, so you can achieve the knowledge you need to apply these skills within exam settings.

This course will:

  • Help you to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and understanding that will help you pass your GCSE exam.
  • Enable you to study on your own terms – no classrooms, no strict deadlines and no exams.
  • Allow you to study from home – all course materials will be sent straight to your door, enabling you to fit your studies around your obligations.

Course Units

Qualification Number: 601/8301/9

 3.1 Fundamentals of Algorithms

  • Representing Algorithms
  • Efficiency of Algorithms
  • Searching Algorithms
  • Sorting Algorithms

3.2 Programming

  • Data Types
  • Programming Concepts
  • Arithmetic Operations in a Programming Language
  • Relational Operations in a Programming Language
  • Boolean Operations in a Programming Language
  • Data Structures
  • Input/Output
  • String Handling Operations in a Programming Language
  • Random Number Generation in a Programming Language
  • Structured Programming and Subroutines (Procedures and Functions)
  • Robust and Secure Programming

3.3 Fundamentals of Data Representation

  • Number Bases
  • Converting between Number Bases
  • Units of Information
  • Binary Arithmetic
  • Character Encoding
  • Representing Images
  • Representing Sound
  • Data Compression

3.4 Computer Systems

  • Hardware and Software
  • Boolean Logic
  • Software Classification
  • Classification of Programming Languages and Translators
  • Systems Architecture

3.5 Fundamentals of Computer Networks

  • Defining Networks
  • Types of Networks
  • Network Protocols
  • Network Security
  • TCP/IP Layer

3.6 Cyber Security

  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security
  • Cyber Security Threats
  • Social Engineering
  • Malicious Code (Malware)
  • Methods to Detect and Prevent Cyber Security Threats

3.7 Relational Databases and Structured Query Language (SQL)

  • Relational Databases
  • Structured Query Language (SQL)

3.8 Ethical, Legal, and Environmental Impacts of Digital Technology on Wider Society, Including Issues of Privacy 


GCSE Computer Science is assessed via two written exams. These exams take place in May and June. Each exam is worth 50% of your overall GCSE mark.

These exams must be completed under supervision at an approved exam centre. There is a separate fee to book your exams, which is paid directly to the exam centre at the time of booking. We’ll be there to help you book your exams when you’re ready (we recommend booking well in advance to ensure your place).

Paper 1

  • 2 hours written exam
  • 90 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Paper 2

  • 1 hour 45 minutes written exam
  • 90 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Required Knowledge

All you need to have to enrol on this Computer Science GCSE is an interest in computer science! We’ll help with the rest.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of the GCSE Computer Science course, you will be awarded an AQA GCSE in Computer Science.


When you choose to study your GCSEs online with us, you’ll be enrolling on a learning journey where you’ll be supported the entire way through.

Revising for exams can be stressful, but we are committed to providing you with all the support you need to ace your exams.

Our learning materials and guides are designed to make studying for your GCSEs as pain-free as possible. Our team of support staff and tutors will always be on-hand to offer advice, guidance, and feedback.

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to self-assessment exercises and study questions to help you understand and consolidate your learning, and our exam-expert tutors will work to guide you towards success.

We feel strongly that no student should ever have to be alone in their studies, and with us, you won’t be. Whether you have a quick question or require more detailed guidance, rest assured that our team is here to help.

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You have 2 years to complete this course, but can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs.

You will be able to take your exams at the nearest possible exam centre to you. We’ll assist in the booking of your exams and make sure you can get to the most practical location!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Students who reside outside of the United Kingdom are able to study our GCSE courses. However, examinations must occur within the UK.

There are no prerequisites or required qualifications to study this course.

In other words, if you’re reading this, you’re ready!

This is a government-regulated qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual-regulated awarding body.

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