Key Stage 4 Computer Science

Year 10 Curriculum (2016-2017) 

Contact Time

All pupils will have five lessons each fortnight.

Exam Information

Students will study the OCR Computer Science GCSE course

Computer Science GCSE

GCSE Computer Science content has been designed not only to allow students to build a solid basis of understanding but to get them thinking about real world application. Throughout the course students are examined using both examination and practical programming tasks which are assessed through controlled assessment.

Assessment

Unit 1 - Computer systems – 1.5 hours, written Paper (40% of total GCSE)

Students learn about the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another. Importantly, they will develop their understanding of the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.

Unit 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming –1.5 hours, written Paper (40% of total GCSE)

Students will be applying the fundamental principles of abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.

Unit 3 - Programming project - Non Examined Assessment (20% of total GCSE)

Students will be designing, writing and debugging programs for a given scenario.

 

Year 11 Curriculum (2016-2017)

Contact Time

All pupils will have five lessons each fortnight.

Exam Information

Students will study the WJEC Computer Science GCSE course.

Unit 1: Understanding Computer Science - 1 hour 30 minutes, written paper (45% of total GCSE)

Students will cover the following concepts:

  • Computer Systems
  • Data Representation
  • Computer Software
  • Networks
  • Internet & Communications
  • Algorithms
  • Programming
  • Ethical, Social, and Legal Aspects
Unit 2: Solving Problems Using Computers - 2 hours, external assessment (30% of total GCSE)

This assessment consists of a series of tasks set and marked by WJEC and completed on-screen by the candidate. These tasks will assess the practical application of programming knowledge.

Unit 3: Developing Computing Solutions - 15 hours, controlled assessment (25% of total GCSE)

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief from a choice of two issued by WJEC.

Students will be required to:

  • describe the design, implementation and testing of their solution e.g.sequencing
  • choice (if - then - else)
  • iteration (loops)
  • language constructs that support abstraction (typically a ‘procedure' or ‘function' with parameters)
  • some form of interaction with the program's environment (input/output or event-based)
  • find and correct errors in their code
  • reflect thoughtfully on their program, including assessing its correctness and fitness for purpose; understanding its efficiency; and describing the system to others.