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Hi all,

Here are some links that may help with your revision (Updated 2022)

The Specification is your best friend. Print it out and any note taking you do, make sure it confirms with the spec.

8525 specification

Past Papers:

New Spec Papers

Old Spec Papers

Old spec Videos:

Part 1 Playlist

Part 2 Playlist


Revision Books:

CGP New Spec Book

Revision Notes:

Here are some options for revision notes

New spec Notes by TeachallaboutIT

Notes by StudyRocket


I really recommend doing the all the past papers available for the 8525 and 8520 spec.

Nonetheless, I hope you all good in your exams. Finally, Don't start revision late
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I've moved this to the Computer Science Study Help forum for you
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Please help me with computer science!


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Hi guys,

It was quite difficult for me to find revision material for the AQA computer science course, but here are some of the things I used last year to achieve an A* in Computer Science.

[['''Links:''']]
[http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-a...d-mark-schemes AQA Past papers] ,

[http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-a...ment-resources New Specification specimen paper] ,

[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...QDVJJNAfip_iEh Computer Science Tutor Videos] ,


'''[[Revision Books I recommend:]]
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My Revision Notes AQA GCSE Computer Science Computing Fundamentals by Steve Cushing (This is the only one I used, and knew about)

'''
[[Revision Notes:]]'''

I also made some revision notes that i would like to share with you all.
It can be found here:

[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_C...ew?usp=sharing MY AQA COMPUTER SCIENCE NOTES]


I really recommend doing the all the past papers and specimen papers (even though there are only a few). Don't forget the specimen papers found in the new specification for teaching from next year ( I have linked it above) . Those papers have some questions which are irrelevant to this spec but just search through the papers to find questions you can answer. You can also attempt questions from other exam boards who have more past papers available.

The Specification is your best friend. Print it out and any note taking you do, make sure it confirms with the spec.
[http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects...MPSCI-W-SP.PDF The SPEC]

Coursework-wise and exam-wise, I got A* for both, and i was predicted a B. The coursework was difficult and I'm sorry for not having any tips in relation to that, as I've forgotten everything since I've started AS levels.

Nonetheless, I hope you all good in your exams. Finally, Don't start revision late
wow this seems to be the most helpful forum for aqa gcse computer science that i've come across as of yet. Congratulations on your A*! Checking out your notes, they seem pretty helpful, so thanks so much for that. After doing the exam, who topics do you feel cropped up the most? which ones do you think were crucial to revise and know for the exam?
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Thanks!!! Good luck on wednesday!!!!
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having failed both coursework segments i'm gonna need it
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Hi guys,

It was quite difficult for me to find revision material for the AQA computer science course, but here are some of the things I used last year to achieve an A* in Computer Science.

[['''Links:''']]
[http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-a...d-mark-schemes AQA Past papers] ,

[http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-a...ment-resources New Specification specimen paper] ,

[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...QDVJJNAfip_iEh Computer Science Tutor Videos] ,


'''[[Revision Books I recommend:]]
'''
My Revision Notes AQA GCSE Computer Science Computing Fundamentals by Steve Cushing (This is the only one I used, and knew about)

'''
[[Revision Notes:]]'''

I also made some revision notes that i would like to share with you all.
It can be found here:

[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_C...ew?usp=sharing MY AQA COMPUTER SCIENCE NOTES]


I really recommend doing the all the past papers and specimen papers (even though there are only a few). Don't forget the specimen papers found in the new specification for teaching from next year ( I have linked it above) . Those papers have some questions which are irrelevant to this spec but just search through the papers to find questions you can answer. You can also attempt questions from other exam boards who have more past papers available.

The Specification is your best friend. Print it out and any note taking you do, make sure it confirms with the spec.
[http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects...MPSCI-W-SP.PDF The SPEC]

Coursework-wise and exam-wise, I got A* for both, and i was predicted a B. The coursework was difficult and I'm sorry for not having any tips in relation to that, as I've forgotten everything since I've started AS levels.

Nonetheless, I hope you all good in your exams. Finally, Don't start revision late
Hey thanks for the revision material. It looks really useful. Just wanted to say that I was having difficulties opening the google drive document. I was wondering if you could repost it or something?

Thanks
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Hi. I'm doing computing gcse and literally had no teacher so I know no theory except the very basics. I'm in year 11. Could you email me your notes maybe?
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Thank you so much for this Im in the 2017 sitting and the last year group that will sit the old computer science gcse, 2018 onwards will sit the 9-1 course, my teacher is kind of a joke so this is a life saver thank you!!!
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google has continued to help me more than my actual cs teacher has, Ty life saver
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This has helped me more than my teacher. He has done nothing with us at all, just brings up a powerpoint and says "Do this" - no explanation, nothing. If you ask him, he mumbles with his head held in his hand, with the hand over the mouth. He has really put me off this subject and has the cheek to blame our failing coursework grades on the previous teacher who left before the end of Year 10. I am so discouraged as I have failed my coursework for Year 11 and he won't tell me why.

So, Suhaylpatel, thank you so much for this. You have no idea how much I appreciate this.
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This is what im using. It pretty much has everything and is free:

https://www.tes.com/teaching-resourc...ision-11634079
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This has helped me more than my teacher. He has done nothing with us at all, just brings up a powerpoint and says "Do this" - no explanation, nothing. If you ask him, he mumbles with his head held in his hand, with the hand over the mouth. He has really put me off this subject and has the cheek to blame our failing coursework grades on the previous teacher who left before the end of Year 10. I am so discouraged as I have failed my coursework for Year 11 and he won't tell me why.

So, Suhaylpatel, thank you so much for this. You have no idea how much I appreciate this.
Hi,
I'm very happy that I've helped. I was in a very similar situation two years ago, and in the first cohort of my school to start computer science. I had to do something, and I couldn't sit around to be spoonfed. That's what motivated me to make those notes and share it. One advice I give you is to view this experience through another lens and learn from it. You took the initiative to go and teach yourself for the exam, something not everyone did, and it's an achievement you should be proud of. It's a good quality; to have independence and one you will require a lot once you start your A levels if you are hoping to do that. I'm doing Maths, Further Maths and Physics and I'm gonna sit my A2 exams next week. If you ever need some help drop me a message and I'll hopefully do my best.
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any exam tips for 2017 exam
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Thanks, its really helpful
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Hey everyone, I made a Python (and some Java) to Pseudocode key:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing

Also thanks suhaylpatel786, these revision notes are great!
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Anyone find out the exam is so hard??? Especially the trace table😭😭


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Anyone find out the exam is so hard??? Especially the trace table😭😭


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tbh it was a bit difficult i had a heart attack at the beginning but i got into it, i need an A* to get an A overall but i dont think ill get it :[
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and also, you saved my life dude
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and also, you saved my life dude
When did u have ur exam??



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