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Computer Science

Curriculum Introduction

 

Computer Science is a complex course, and one which has been newly introduced to the curriculum.  Through the study of Computer Science students will have the opportunity to develop a number of skills such as mathematics, logical thinking and analysis which can be applied across a range of subjects and careers.  Whilst Computer Science can lead to careers within the field of Computing, there is an ever increasing presence of technology across career paths.  Those students who study GCSE Computer Science will develop a strong foundation that can be applied across a wide range of industries.   

 

Department Staff 

 

Head of Department:  Miss S. Sadler

   Samantha.Sadler@E-ACT.org.uk

 

KS4

 

At Key Stage Four students follow a GCSE pathway.  Those students starting the course in 2016 will complete the new 9-1 specification in Computer Science, whilst current Year 11 students are completing the GCSE in Computing. 

GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

Year 10

J276/01 Preparation - Computer Systems

Students will learn about the hardware inside a computer, how computer networks are constructed and maintained and legal, ethical and security issues surrounding the use of computers in the wider world.

J276/02 Preparation - Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

Students will learn about how computers work, the nature of instructions and how computers are able to understand that humans that work with them.  This section will also support the programming project.

J276/03/04 Preparation - Programming Project

Students will learn and develop their programming skills using the Python language.  Students will also develop their general understanding of programming constructs such as selection, iteration, file handling and 2D arrays, which can be applied to any programming language. 

Year 11

J276/03/04 Preparation - Programming Project - 20 hours - 20%

The assessment will require students to produce a series of programs based around a scenario provided by the exam board.  As well as the program, students will also produce a written report to show hoe their program developed towards the final result.

J276/01 - Computer Systems - Written Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes - 40%

J276/02 - Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming - Written Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes - 40%

In preparation for the written exam students will participate in a number of recap and revision sessions throughout Year 11, as well as completing a wide variety of practice exam questions. 

Past Papers     

 

 

GCSE Computing

Year 11

A452 - Practical Investigation - 30%

The assessment will require students to conduct an investigation into a topic set out by the exam board.  Students are required to demonstrate research skills and technical understanding as well as produce a written report to reflect their investigation process. 

A453 - Programming Project - 30%

The assessment will require students to produce a series of programs based around a scenario provided by the exma board.  As well as the program, students will produce a written report to show how their program developed towards the final result.

A451 - Computer Systems and Programming - Written Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes - 40%

In preparation for the written exam students will participate in a number of recap and revision sessions throughout Year 11, as well as completing a wide variety of practice exam questions.

Past Papers     

 

 

 

 

Course Information

 

GCSE Computer Science

Course Name:  GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

Course Type:  GCSE

Exam Board:  OCR

Spec Code: J276

Specification    

Board Website    

 

GCSE Computing

Course Type:  GCSE

Exam Board:  OCR

Spec Code: J275

Specification    

Board Website