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Computing

Students study for GCSE Computer Science.

The following topics are covered in year 10 and 11:

  1. Component 01 – Computer Systems (split across year 10 and 11)

    • Assessed by: Written paper 90 minutes.

    • The exam includes knowledge based questions both short and long. This is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade. In this unit students will learn a range of computer science theory including systems architecture; memory; storage; wired and wireless networks; network topologies, protocols and layers; system security; system software; and legal, ethical and environmental concerns.

    1. Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (split across year 10 and 11)

      • Assessed by: Written paper 90 minutes long.

      • The exam paper is made up of a variety of questions that mainly focus on problem solving and applying computational thinking. This is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade. In this unit students will learn a range of programming skills including: algorithms; programming techniques; producing robust programs; computational logic; translators and facilities of languages; and data representation.

      1. Component 03 – Programming Project (Year 11 only)

        • Assessed by: NEA (non-exam assessment) - Internally marked and externally moderated by OCR.

        • This will be worth 20% of the overall GCSE grade. This assessment is completed over a period of 20 hours and involves learners coding a computer system based on a brief provided by the exam board. Learners will be expected to showcase their skills at: programming techniques; analysis; design; development; testing; evaluation and forming conclusions.

        Textbook used:

        • Students provided with material.

        Further support:

        • Students will be invited to attend student targeted intervention as required.

        • A full list of digital support resources will be put up here shortly.

        Exam board: OCR