Computer Science: Key Stage 4
Exam Board: WJEC Eduqas (Welsh Joint Education Committee)
Course: WJEC GCSE Computer Science
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Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself, as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering, is growing rapidly.
Young people need to develop skills that will enable them to pursue a career in Computer Science if they so choose, and which will also help them gain valuable skills for life – for example, in innovation, reasoning, logic, resourcefulness, precision, problem solving and clarity. These skills will enable them to become authors of computational tools rather than simply users.
As adult workers, young people will be applying for jobs that have not yet been invented. Technology changes but the principles and concepts upon which they are built remain constant. A good grounding in Computer Science will teach young people how to deal with change later in life and play an active and effective role in the digital world.
A course in Computer Science offers candidates a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of how computers work and to create and troubleshoot computer programs for real-life purposes relating to their own personal interests. Computer Science develops valuable programming and computational thinking skills, which are increasingly relevant to a wide variety of jobs. Employers want workers with an understanding of rigorous principles that can be applied to changing technologies.
This GCSE specification encourages candidates to explore how computers work and communicate in a variety of contexts. There is ample opportunity for them to apply and consolidate their knowledge of computer programming by carrying out practical tasks that will develop their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. They will develop the skills of design and evaluation, and they will test and problem-solve when errors occur in both their own systems and those of others.