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GCSE Computer Science

What is a GCSE in Computer Science?

EBacc Subject (Counts as one of your single sciences)

This course enables you to truly understand how computers work. From programming games, apps and software, to taking apart computers and delving inside the body of modern devices. Learn about network connections and find out what makes the internet tick.

If you aim to work in a tech related industry, the fastest growing industry in the world; or if you are looking for a highly valued set of skills, this is the course for you!

Why should I choose this course?

If you have an interest in the following then this is the course for you:

  • Develop skills to program games, apps and software.
  • Learn about current and emerging technologies and how they impact on our lives.
  • Gain an understanding of how software works and is put together.
  • Take apart computers and understand how its different components work.
  • Work with a range of digital tools and technics
  • Learn about the design of websites, computer games and databases.
  • Understand how networks are built and what connects them
  • Develop key skills which are highly valued by employers and further education.
  • Flexibility to be your own boss.

Who is this course suitable for?

Consideration: At least a level 5 attainment in Maths by the end of Year 9.

  • You need to be a person who is keen on computers and actively enjoys using them in your free time.
  • You do not need any previous knowledge of programming although if you do then this is an advantage.
  • You need to be motivated to learn and prepared for knowledge of computing you may never have experienced before.
  • You are or aspire to be a creative ‘problem solver’.
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to your own life and experience.
  • Want to potentially follow a career into the IT world.
  • Want a set of highly valued skills under your belt
  • Want to follow a career in a tech related industry

The structure of the GCSE in Computing

Unit 1: Computer Systems (Exam 50%)

You will be introduced to the basic Computer Systems concepts and issues concerning the way computer systems work. You will explore the purpose of the main computer and network components, Security issues and Systems software. You will also look at the relevant regulations and the impact of technology in people’s lives.

Unit 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (50% Exam)

In this unit you will look into the history and development of programming languages, and explore the fundamentals of programming and algorithmic thinking. Using languages such as Python and SQL, you will study main programming, algorithms and logic structures, as well as project development life cycle and testing methods.

Course Key Details

Examinations:
100% – Examination based

Unit 1: Computer Systems (Exam 50%)

1.1    Systems architecture
1.2    Memory and storage
1.3    Computer Networks, connections and protocols
1.4    Network Security
1.5    Systems software
1.6    Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology

Unit 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (50% Exam)

2.1 Algorithms
2.2 Programming Fundamentals
2.3 Producing Robust Programs
2.4 Boolean Logic
2.5 Programming Languages and Integrated Development Environments

Progression:

Top 10 for recruitment out of university.
A levels: Computer Science, Computing, ICT, Applied Information and Communication Technology

Related Apprenticeships include: civil engineering technician, installation electrician, software developer, network engineer, IT support, IT technician, IT analyst programmer, web developer, sound technician

Vocational qualifications such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs and professional diplomas.

Options – GCSE Computer Science

EBacc Subject (Counts as one of your single sciences) This course is a GCSE course consisting of several modules looking at computer systems and how they function. Two papers (Paper 1 & Paper 2) each worth 50% of the final grade are completed at the end of the course. Being able to extend answers and use reasoning to solve problems is crucial to developing a deep understanding of topics. A good mix of theoretical and practical topics, with some extended writing opportunities and a lot programming throughout the course and where possible, visits and outside speakers will be available to support learning.
The OCR Computer Science J277 course is assessed through two exams, each with an equal weighting of 50% and these take place at the end of the course in Year 11. The two papers (Paper 1 & Paper 2) consist of short and extended questions based upon the theoretical and practical aspects of the course.
The course is broken down into multiple chapters that are covered across the 2-year duration of the programme. Each chapter will be studied in detail and an in-class assessment will take place to review learning. Paper 1 (Computer Systems) and Paper 2 (Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming) are studied throughout Year 10 and are completed in Year 11.
EBacc Subject (Counts as one of your single sciences) This course is a GCSE course consisting of several modules looking at computer systems and how they function. Two papers (Paper 1 & Paper 2) each worth 50% of the final grade are completed at the end of the course. Being able to extend answers and use reasoning to solve problems is crucial to developing a deep understanding of topics. A good mix of theoretical and practical topics, with some extended writing opportunities and a lot programming throughout the course and where possible, visits and outside speakers will be available to support learning.
We hope to create opportunities to visit local businesses to see how their operations work and for students to be able to ask questions about business processes in a real-life setting. We also aim to get outside speakers in from industries/businesses to be able to help students understand and relate the concepts they learn, to real-world situations.

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