OCR GCSE Computer Science
What is Computer Science?
Computer Science puts an emphasis on the understanding of computer technology and how computer systems work. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of computer systems, computer programming and acquire the knowledge and skills suitable for participation in the creation of software applications in the ever-evolving field of computer technology. Students are given the opportunity to develop interpersonal, academic and technical skills which will help them to meet future career challenges.
What will I study?
- Component 1 – Computer systems.
Topics include systems architecture, memory, storage, wired & wireless networks, network topologies, system security and Computer Ethics/Legislation
- Component 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming.
Topics include programming techniques, algorithms, computational logic, translators of languages and data representation
How will I be assessed?
Students sit 2 written exams at the end of Y11:
- Component 1 is an exam worth 50% of the overall grade.
- Component 2 is an exam worth 50% of the overall grade.
Students are also required to complete a mandatory Programming Project as part of the course
What skills will I need?
The Computer Science qualification provides highly motivated and committed students the opportunity to develop an understanding of computer systems and computer programming along with a logical approach to solving problems, helping them to prepare for further studies and future employment.
What happens in lessons?
Lessons are varied and will include a range of activities over the course, including:
- E-portfolio activities
- Research tasks
- Student presentations
- Practice exam questions
- Programming tasks
- End Topic Tests
What Homework will I be asked to complete in Computer Science?
Students will be expected to use time outside of lessons in order to revise and recap theory content that has been covered in lessons. Students will be provided with electronic revision resources and tasks, through the use of Google Classroom and Google Drive. Students should use these materials in order to help students revise for Assessments and Exams.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)
As part of the qualification, students will learn about a range of legal and ethical issues surrounding Computer Science. Students will gain an understanding of how new advances in technology, such as Artificial Intelligence can have positive and negative impacts on society and cultures. Students will also learn about the legal responsibility of computer scientists, understanding concepts about Data Protection, Copyright and Privacy Laws.