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.”

Qualification

GCSE

Awarding Body

OCR

Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

 

Queries should be directed to Mr Earnshaw

 

Years taught

 

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.

 

Year 11

 

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

Year 10

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.

Year 11

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.

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