Exam board OCR
The Computer Science course will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content will not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but engage learners and get them thinking about real world application of Computer Science.
The course enables learners to develop computational thinking skills that are built on a sound base of conceptual learning and understanding.
Computer Science GCSE consists of 2 examined units and a computing project.
Unit 1 Computer Systems: Exam 1 hr 30 mins in Y11
This unit introduces learners to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software.
It is expected that learners will become familiar with
the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science.
Unit 2 Computational Thinking: Exam 1 hr 30 mins in Y11
This component incorporates and builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in Component 01, encouraging learners to apply this knowledge and understanding using computational thinking. Learners will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation. Learners will become familiar with computing related mathematics.
The Programming Project provides an opportunity for learners to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills outlined in the taught two units. The programming language used for the project is Python. Learners have 20 hours to produce a project that requires learners to use Systems Lifecycle Methodology to create a solution to the problems identified in the task. They then code their solutions in a suitable programming language. The solutions are tested at each stage to ensure they solve the stated problem. Learners must use a suitable test plan with appropriate test data.