Computing Science

Examination Board: OCR
Specification: J276
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mr Karl Davis


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Computer science

Computer Science and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives; from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, or just know what it really means when someone says 'the computer made a mistake', studying Computer Science will provide you with valuable knowledge.

This is a linear qualification with two examinations taken at the end of year 11. The controlled assessment module is delivered within the second year of study.

Course content:

01 – Computer Systems: 40% of Final Grade
This component will introduce students 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 students 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.

02 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming: 40% of Final Grade
This component incorporates and builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in Component 01, encouraging students to apply this knowledge and understanding using computational thinking. Students 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. Students will become familiar with computing related mathematics.

03/04 – Programming Project Controlled Assessment: 20% of Final Grade
The OCR programming project will consist of a task to be solved by the student. The marking criteria refer to the overall solution set in the project, and for full marks to be available the student must provide a full solution to the task. The overall solution will be considered against the marking criteria to identify the most appropriate range, and appropriate mark within that range, for each section.


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