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COMPUTER SCIENCE

Exam Board: OCR

Course: OCR Computer Science (J276)

Head of Computing:  Mr. E. Geronimo

 

INTRODUCTION

This school has a policy of encouraging the use of ICT in every subject of the curriculum in each year of a student’s school life here.  Computing is also taught in discrete lessons, one lesson per week in Years 7 and 8 and two lessons per week in Year 9.

 

TRIPS AND VISITS

GCSE ICT – visit to the Information Age Exhibit at the Science Museum in London and

Think Computer Science – hosted by Microsoft Research Cambridge, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 

CLUB

The Computer Club runs every Monday after school and is open to anyone wishing to learn additional computer skills and knowledge.  Activities include: working with Raspberry Pi, Scratch programming, Image manipulation using Photoshop, game making etc.

 

KEY STAGE 3

KS3 pupils follow the National Curriculum in Computing and are entered for the Entry Level Certificate in Computing in Year 9. 

Year 7

We aim to give all students a foundation of skills and understanding on which to build with one lesson per week of Computing.

Topics include:

  • Digital literacy
  • E-safety
  • Hardware and software
  • How search engines work
  • Programming
  • Representation of data
  • BBC Micro:bit 

Year 8

In Year 8, students continue to develop their programming skills and hone their creativity through web design and creating multimedia products.

Topics include:

  • Python programming
  • E-safety
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Computer networks
  • Web design
  • Multimedia

Year 9

During Year 9, students follow the OCR Entry Level Certificate in Computing course.  The students have further opportunities to write computer programs using a different programming language (Visual Basic).  The course will also help them understand the development of computer technology and the effects it has on our daily lives.

This qualification consists of the following units:

Entry Level Computing R353

Hardware, Software and Logic

24 marks (30% of qualification)

Programming

40 marks (50% of qualification)

Trends in Computing

16 marks (20% of qualification)

 They complete the year with extension work covering App creation and graphics manipulation using Adobe Photoshop.

 

KEY STAGE 4 

 

This course encourages learners to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems,  including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

 

Overview:

Unit 1 Computer Systems

This component will introduce learners to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software.  It is expected that learners will become familiar with the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science. 

 

Unit 2 Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

This component incorporates and builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in unit 1, encouraging learners to apply this knowledge and understanding using computational thinking.  Learners will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation.  Learners will become familiar with computing related mathematics.

 

Unit 3 Programming Project

OCR will issue three assessment tasks at the start of the terminal academic year of assessment.  The tasks will provide opportunities for the learners to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills outlined in the specification.  Learners will need to create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the problems identified in the task.  They will then code their solution in a suitable programming language.  The solution must be tested at each stage to ensure they solve the stated problem and learners must use a suitable test plan with appropriate test data.

 

Assessment:

Unit 1  - 40% of GCSE, Exam in Year 11,  80 marks, 1.5 hours

Unit 2  - 40% of GCSE, Exam in Year 11, 80 marks, 1.5 hours

Unit 3 – 20% of GCSE, Non-Exam Assessment (NEA), 40 marks, 20 hours