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Computer Science

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Dr T Jones

Faculty Head

tjones1@thomasclarksonacademy.org

Computer Science KS3
 

Computer Science is available to students from year 8, providing them with an opportunity to experience computer systems, algorithmic thinking and programming prior to the GCSE.

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 for all year groups 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.  Homework is set on a weekly basis and should take 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
Computer Science resources are available to students 24/7 through our SharePoint site.

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.