Curriculum
Computer Science

A modern course for a modern world.This is an exciting GCSE which gives you an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work and how they’re used, and to develop computer programming and problem-solving skills.  You’ll also do some fascinating in-depth research and practical work.

What are some of the things I’ll learn?

Through this study of computer programming, the course will help students to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it’ll be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.

GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

Exam Board: OCR

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

 Unit 1 – Computer Systems (40% of total GCSE)
Written paper, 80 marks, 1 hour and 30 minutes
 

1.1

Systems Architecture

1.2

Memory

1.3

Storage

1.4

Wired & wireless networks

1.5

Network topologies

1.6

System security

1.7

System software

1.8

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Unit 2 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms & Programming (40% of total GCSE)
Written paper, 80 marks, 1 hour and 30 minutes
 

2.1

Algorithms

2.2

Programming techniques

2.3

Producing robust programs

2.4

Computational logic

2.5

Translators & facilities of languages

2.6

Data representation

Unit 3 – Programming project (20% of total GCSE)
Non-Exam Assessment, 40 marks, 20 hours 
 

3.1

Programming techniques

3.2

Analysis

3.3

Design

3.4

Development

3.5

Testing, evaluations & conclusions

Any parents or students who would like more information about the course should contact Mrs Ahmed who will be happy to answer any questions.