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This is the GCSE Computer Science micro site.

Information You Say?

Yes! As we work through the year this site will be filled with all of the information that we can find about Computer Science that relates to the AQA (2016) syllabus.

Homework

You can use this site to help you with your homework.

Revision

While this site will not replace the notes that you take in lessons, you can use this site to help you to revise for the mocks and terminal examinations.

Grade descriptors

for GCSEs graded 9 to 1: computer science

To achieve Grade 8 candidates will be able to:

  • demonstrate relevant and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts and principles including digital systems and societal impacts
  • effectively apply fundamental concepts, principles and mathematical skills, using sustained analytical, logical and evaluative computational thinking, to a wide range of complex problems
  • develop and refine a complete solution that meets the requirements of a substantial problem

To achieve Grade 5 candidates will be able to:

  • demonstrate mostly accurate and appropriate knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts and principles including digital systems and societal impacts
  • appropriately apply fundamental concepts, principles and mathematical skills, using analytical, logical and evaluative computational thinking, to a range of problems
  • produce a working solution that meets most requirements of a substantial problem

To achieve Grade 2 candidates will be able to:

  • demonstrate limited knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts and principles including digital systems and societal impacts
  • apply fundamental concepts, principles and mathematical skills, using basic analytical and logical computational thinking, to straightforward problems with limited accuracy
  • produce a partially working solution that meets some requirements of a substantial problem

Command words

Command words are the words and phrases used in assessment tasks that tell students how they should answer questions.

  • Calculate Work out the value of something.
  • Compare Identify similarities and/or differences.
  • Complete Finish a task by adding to given information.
  • Convert Change data from one specified form to another.
  • Define Specify meaning.
  • Describe Set out characteristics.
  • Develop Take forward or build upon given information.
  • Discuss Present key points.
  • Draw Produce a diagram.
  • Explain Set out purposes or reasons.
  • Extend Further develop based on existing information.
  • Give Produce an answer from recall.
  • Justify Support a case with evidence.
  • State Express in clear terms.
  • Suggest Present a possible case/solution.

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