GCSE Computer Science 8520

About GCSE Computer Science 8520 Syllabus

We’ve worked closely with teachers to develop a new GCSE Computer Science specification that’s as inspiring to teach as it is to learn. This specification recognises the well-established methodologies of computing, alongside the technological advances which make it such a dynamic subject.

We’ve built on the most popular aspects of our current specification and added fresh features including a computational thinking exam to provide an academically challenging programme of study for students of all ability levels. You can choose from a range of programming languages for the programming project, enabling you to tailor your specification to the strengths and preferences of you and your students.

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

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

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide excellent support, you’ll see we’ve created fantastic free teaching resources and can offer great value professional development courses. We’re also collaborating with publishers to ensure you have engaging and easy-to-use textbooks.

You can find out about all our Computer Science qualifications at aqa.org.uk/computer-science  

Support and resources to help you teach

We’ve worked with experienced teachers to provide you with a range of resources that will help you confidently plan, teach and prepare for exams.

Teaching resources

Visit aqa.org.uk/8520   to see all our teaching resources. They include:

  • specimen papers and mark schemes to show the standards required and how your students’ papers will be marked
  • dedicated subject advisors and exemplar specimens to guide you through the programming project
  • sample schemes of work and lesson plans to help you plan your course with confidence
  • a range of easy-to-use, AQA approved textbooks
  • a phone and email based subject team to support you in the delivery of the specification
  • excellent professional development opportunities for those just starting out or the more experienced, looking for fresh inspiration
  • training courses to help you deliver our computer science qualifications
  • subject expertise courses for all teachers, from newly-qualified teachers who are just getting started to experienced teachers looking for fresh inspiration.

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08 August 2019 : Computer Science 8520 past papers and other resources are now available. 

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