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Computer Science

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Email

Dr T Jones

Faculty Head

tjones1@thomasclarksonacademy.org

Computing skills
 

KS3 computing is integrated into all curriculum subjects, providing students with technical skills and preparing them for the world of employment within the context of these subjects, to build on and strengthen their schemata and confidence in an ever evolving technological world.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding in the use of Microsoft Office 365 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Mail) to create digital projects and they will learn how computers work and how to use them safely and responsibly, including online safety with social media and efficient use of the Internet to support research with lessons and homework. The Internet is further explored with an introduction to creating webpages, graphics and network security. Students will also learn to code computer programs, an excellent skill to have.

GCSE Computer Science – new 9-1 specification (OCR)

Content Overview Assessment Overview

Computer systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Computer systems (01)
  • 80 marks
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Written paper (no calculators allowed)

50%

of total GCSE

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)
  • 80 marks
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Written paper (no calculators allowed)

50%

of total GCSE

Programming project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions
  • Programming project (03/04)
  • Totalling 20 hours
  • Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

The NEA project is part of the course but does not contribute to the final grades (subject to change)

Homework and revision resources:

Homework is set on ‘Show My Homework’ and is designed to support and develop the learning that is taking place in our classrooms in relation to our Schemes of Learning.  
Computer Science resources are available to students 24/7 through our OneNote sites.

Additional KS4 revision resources:

  • BBC Bitesize provides valuable information on Computer Science
  • Awarding exam board websites for past papers, revision and exam practice
  • Revision text books and programming books are provided at the beginning of year 10
  • PiXL