The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science consists of two externally-examined papers and a non-examined assessment component. Students must complete the non-examined component in March and all external assessments in May/June in any single year.
Written examination: 1 hour and 40 minutes
40% of the qualification — 80 marks
Written examination: 2 hours
40% of the qualification
Non-examined assessment: 20
20% of the qualification — 60
Students are introduced to core principles of computer science and develop skills in problem solving and computational thinking.
This builds on skills learned in Key Stages 1 to 3 in Computer Science/IT while also ensuring that students new to the subject are
appropriately supported. Following on from more visual programming environments, programming skills are further developed using
high-level textual programming languages.