Key Stage 4
Year 10 and year 11 students study GCSE Computer Science from Eduquas.
There are three units in the course:
Unit 1: Understanding Computer Science – 50%
This is the computer science theory part of the course, which is assessed by a written exam. In this unit students learn about software, hardware, computer logic, computer security, computer systems, data representation and computer networks.
Unit 2: Computational Thinking & Programming - 30%
In this unit students develop practical computer skills in:
- making websites with HTML
- algorithms and programming concepts
- programing games in Java
The unit is assessed with an on-screen examination where students will complete one task for each of the three skills they will develop.
Unit 3: Developing Computer Solutions – 20%
Students will learn to program using the Python programming language, coding solutions to a range of problems. This unit is assessed with a twenty-hour controlled assessment where students develop a programming solution to a set task.
GCSE Computer Science will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. It will be a fun way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.
The course provides an excellent preparation for further study and employment in the field of ICT or computing. The increasing importance of ICT means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Those who’ve taken GCSE Computer Science and study the subject at A Level or university will have a significant advantage over other candidates when applying for a career with a technology company, or in engineering, financial management, science or medicine.
OCR Cambridge Nationals ICT
This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. This new Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Three themes are covered: business information systems, creative and technical.