Computer Science

OCR GCSE in Computer Science

Course Content:

This course offers students an opportunity to gain some understanding of how computers work and to create and debug their own computer programs. Computer Science develops valuable programming, problem solving and computational thinking skills, which are increasingly relevant in a wide variety of jobs. During the course you will cover the following:

Computational thinking: this is the process of thinking through a complex problem, taking the time to understand what the problem is and then develop potential solutions for evaluation. These are then presented in a way that a computer, a human, or both, can understand.

Theoretical content: here you will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. You will learn about the computer systems that you will create and use and also delve in to the world of cyber security and ethical legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.

Aspects of software development: you will learn how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively. You will also learn how to evaluate and refine a computer program.

It’s important to note that the course is currently made up of two exams only (Paper 1 = 50% and Paper 2 = 50%). The NEA aspect is compulsory but doesn’t contribute to the final marks. This structure is under review and may change in 2020. The affects all Computer Science GCSE courses regardless examination board.

How you will be Assessed:

How you will learn:

The course is split up in to a variety of practical and theory aspects which interlock.  You will learn advanced programming techniques using Python and will learn how to use these techniques independently.  In preparation for the 20 hour Controlled Assessment Task in the final year of the course students will build up their understanding of how to design and implement a computer program using text based programming independently.

Additional Information/Skills:

Students will be expected to have a high level of numeracy and literacy and be self-motivated learners.  Students must be able to work independently and have enquiring minds and the ability to problem solve.

 

 

Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA Level 2)

Course Content:

The CiDA qualification Level 2 is made up of 2 units. 1 unit is compulsory, the other unit can be chosen from 3 options. Our chosen units are detailed below.

As this is a level 2 qualification it means that students will have access to obtaining A* – C (9-4) grades.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games. Our aim is to encourage learners to consider pursuing education, training and career paths which will contribute to the nation’s economic wellbeing, while achieving job satisfaction and reward.

 

How you will be Assessed:

How you will learn:

The course is split up in to a variety of practical tasks that prepare students for their coursework. Students will learn about major aspects of web design and creation such as consistency of design, accessibility and the project life cycle for Unit 1. For Unit 3 images and artwork unit students learn about designing, developing artwork as well as file formats and using graphic software effectively.

 

 

Additional Information/Skills:

Students will be expected to demonstrate a high level of software proficiency and be self-motivated learners.  Students must be able to work independently and have enquiring minds and the ability to problem solve. Managing time is essential to make the most out of the allocated time.