GCSE Computer Science

Qualification: GCSE

Examining board: OCR

Course specification:

Year 9 and Year 10

Year 11

Course leader: Mr Earnshaw

Years taught: 9, 10, 11

What will I be doing on this course?

Year 9 and Year 10

Component 01: Computer systems

This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the first examination will be based including systems architecture, memory, storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, protocols and layers, system security, system software and ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.

Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the second examination will be based including algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages.

Component 03/04: Programming project

Students will need to understand and be able to independently apply programming techniques, analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation and conclusions and data representation.

Year 11

Unit A451: Computer systems and programming

This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based including fundamentals of computer systems, computing hardware, software, representation of data, databases, communications, networking and programming principles.

Unit A452: Practical investigation

An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, Controlled assessment which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.

Unit A453: Programming Project

Students will need to understand standard programming techniques, be able to design a coded solution to a problem, create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function and test their solution.

Units covered

Year 9 and Year 10

Year 11

How this course is assessed

Year 10

Assessment by 2 x 1 hour 30 minute exams (40% each) plus a Programming Project coursework assessment (20%)

Year 11

Assessment by 1 x 1 hour 30 minute exam (40%) plus 2 x coursework assessments covering a Practical Investigation and a Programming Project (30% each)

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Progression/future opportunities

Presents opportunities to study Computer Science at A Level, pursue a career in computing or simply to gain a better understanding as a background to working with computers in the future.