GCSE Computer Science
“Presents opportunities to study Computer Science at A Level, pursue a career in computing or simply to gain a better understanding as a background to working with computers in the future.”
Who to contact for more information about this course
Queries should be directed to Mr Earnshaw
Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11
About this course
Year 9 and Year 10
Component 01: Computer systems
This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the first examination will be based including systems architecture, memory, storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, protocols and layers, system security, system software and ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.
Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the second examination will be based including algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages.
Component 03/04: Programming project
Students will need to understand and be able to independently apply programming techniques, analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation and conclusions and data representation.
Unit A451: Computer systems and programming
This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based including fundamentals of computer systems, computing hardware, software, representation of data, databases, communications, networking and programming principles.
Unit A452: Practical investigation
An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, Controlled assessment which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.
Unit A453: Programming Project
Students will need to understand standard programming techniques, be able to design a coded solution to a problem, create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function and test their solution.
How this course is assessed
2 written exams. Each exam is 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the grade.
Programming project coursework is worth 20% of the grade.
A 1 hour 30 minute written exam, which is worth 40% of the grade.
2 coursework assessments: a practical investigation and a programming project. Each piece of coursework is worth 30% of the grade.