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KS4 Computer Science

The Team

Mr G Mitchell — Subject Staff Leader — [email protected]

Mr T Care – [email protected]

Mrs M James – [email protected]


Specification

  • Name — GCSE Computer Science
  • Board — OCR
  • Code — J276

Assessment of Course

Assessment is two exams and a programming project.

Course Content

This exciting course is a natural progression from Year 9 computing lessons and gives you an excellent opportunity to solve problems, investigate how computers work and how they’re used, and to develop computer programming and problem-solving skills.

This three unit course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. Assessment is based on two written exams, and a programming task.

Component 01 — Computer Systems (50%)

Topics include: Computer hardware, networks, security, system security and moral, social, legal and cultural concerns.

Component 02 — Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (50%)

Topics include: Algorithms, high and low-level programming, computational logic and data representation.

Component 03 — Programming Project (non-exam)

Design, develop, test and evaluate a solution to a problem.

Due to the nature of this course it is only recommended for students who achieve a level 6 or above in Maths and / or Computing by the end of Year 9. All Computing students gain access to DreamSpark where all the software required for the course can be downloaded for free including Windows 7 and 8.

This subject can be taken at A Level without having studied it at GCSE.

Curriculum

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