Computer Science

Key Stage 4

Course title and type of qualification: Computer Science GCSE

What will I learn?

The UK is experiencing a lack of well qualified computing professionals; businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this specification has been designed with this in mind.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how modern computing technology works and learn how to create applications that operate in today’s web enabled environment and run on Mobile devices.

Building on what you have covered in Years 7 & 8 you will learn how to design and write computer applications using the fundamental concepts around writing object orientated programs.

You will also learn:

  • To use constants, variables, data types and structures, program flow control including algorithms, procedures, functions and the scope of variables. Data representation, error handling and the use of external data.
  • The essential elements of computer structure, systems and hardware. The use of CPU (Central Processing Unit), memory and secondary storage. Network structure including client server models and web application concepts.
  • All about database concepts including query methods (SQL) and connecting to databases from web based applications with the use of PHP. The software development life cycle including prototyping and application testing.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed over 3 units.

  • Unit 1 - Computer systems, 1 hour and 30 minutes. Written paper 40% of total GCSE.
  • Unit 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 1 hour and 30 minutes. Written paper 40% of total GCSE.
  • Unit 3 - Programming project Totalling 20 hours. Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) 20% of total GCSE.

What could I move onto?

This course will provide excellent progression to A Level Computer Science and into Vocational ICT courses. These provide progression to degree level courses in the areas of computing, engineering and science. Whilst this specification is not specifically mapped to any particular industry standard IT qualifications it will provide a sound preparatory basis of study for them. In addition the course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.

Examination Board: OCR

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