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Computer Science - GCSE Option

Head of Department: - Mr S Sycamore 
Examining Board: OCR

What Will I Study?

Students will learn a deep understanding of how computers work, communicate, share data and impact the world around us. Students will also explore the principles of digital technology and ‘computational thinking’ with opportunities to code in a high level language such as Python.

Component 1: Computer Systems, will test students knowledge on how computers work and include the following areas of study - Systems Architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired and Wireless Networks, Network Topologies, Protocols and layers, System Security, System Software, Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental Concerns.

Component 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming, is focused on computational thinking and algorithms and will include the following areas of study – Computational Thinking, Algorithms, Programming Techniques (using Python), Producing Robust Programs, Computational Logic, Translators and Facilities of Languages.

Practical Programming

Students will be given the opportunity to undertake a series of programming tasks during their course of study which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, test and refine programs using a high-level programming language such as Python. Students will be assessed on these skills during the written examinations, in particular Component 2 (section B).


What Skills Will I Develop?

This course will help students develop critical thinking, logical thinking, mathematical and problem solving skills

Students need to be able to think logically and solve puzzles and a passion for languages, mathematics and science are key to being successful in this subject

Creative and technical skills to be able to apply knowledge and understanding of new technology in a range of contexts

Problem solving through the use of algorithms and computer programs

Independence & collaborative working

Evaluation skills in the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions


How Will I Be Assessed?

Component 1 and Component 2 – are written exams, each are 50% of the assessment total.

Both papers are 1 hour and 30 minutes each.

For more information please see Computer Science Learning Journey and Curriculum Overview.