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Computer Science GCSE Specification

Qualification: GCSE (9-1)

QAN Code:

Level:  2

Exam Board: OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA)

What you learn about:

Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. Our Computer Science qualification will value  computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so.

Computer Systems

• Systems architecture

• Memory

• Storage

• Wired and wireless networks

• Network topologies, protocols and layers

• Network security

• System software

• Moral, social, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

• Translators and facilities of languages

• Algorithms

• High- and low-level programming

• Computational logic

• Data representation

Programming Project

• Programming techniques

• Design

• Development

• Effectiveness and efficiency

• Technical understanding

• Testing, evaluation and conclusions

Assessment:

Computer Systems: Exam covering the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory   (40% of final mark)

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming: Exam covering the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles (40% of final mark)

Programming Project: Non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned ( 20% of final mark ).

Other Information:

During the course you will have access to lunch and after school support  sessions to help you   complete the controlled assessment to the expected standard.

Your lessons will be made up of theory and practical sessions.

You will be expected to catch up on any work that you have missed in your own time.