Course Overview

Bradford College has worked closely with teachers to develop this new inspiring GCSE Computer Science specification. This specification recognises the well-established methodologies of computing, alongside the technological advances which make it such a dynamic subject.

We have built on the most popular aspects and added fresh features including a computational thinking exam to provide you with an academically challenging programme of study.

You can choose from a range of programming languages for the programming project, enabling you to tailor your specification to your own strengths and preferences.

Course Structure

Units studied will include:

  • Fundamentals of Algorithms
  • Programming
  • Fundamentals of Data Representation
  • Computer Systems
  • Fundamentals of Computer Networks
  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security
  • Ethical, Legal and Environmental Impacts of Digital Technology on Wider Society, Including Issues of Privacy
  • Aspects of Software Development
  • Programming Project.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-4 including English Language, and Mathematics at a minimum of Grade B/6.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

Skills You Will Develop

You will complete this course equipped with the logical and computational skills necessary to succeed at A level, in the workplace or beyond.


Our exam papers retain our commitment to clear wording and structure, helping you to progress through each paper with confidence.

How You Will Be Assessed

  • A written exam set in practically based scenarios (1 hour 30 minutes), 80 marks (50% of GCSE)
  • A mix of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions to assess your practical problem solving and computational thinking skills
  • A mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions to assess your theoretical knowledge.

The programming project will develop your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a problem. You will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving. These skills can be applied to exam questions on computational thinking.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].