To equip our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop their social, economic and technological awareness and to enrich their employability skills to help inform their choices of future pathways. We want to build awareness of cyber security to give mechanisms to help student’s combat current challenges around online behaviour.
Students' learning across Key Stage 3 encompasses the following areas: -Digital Literacy – Understanding how to use technology effectively, efficiently and safely. -How Computers Work – Understanding hardware and software components and technology. -Computer Science Concepts – including data representation and character coding. -Algorithmic Problem Solving Skills – techniques to break down large problems into manageable chunks. -Programming – from design through coding to debugging and testing.Co-68
Our GCSE in Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.
Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: Computer Science
Qualification Specification Code: J276
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.
The GCSE in Computer Science will give learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Learners will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, the course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many learners find absorbing. The course provides excellent preparation higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science.
Skills that you will need, or that you will be required to develop, include:
•An in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
•Critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming.
Paper 1: Computer systems (50%)
Written Exam 1hour 30 minutes
A mix of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions, assessing a student’s practical problem-solving and computational thinking skills.
Paper 2: Computational thinking and problem solving (50%) Written Exam 1hour 30 minutes
A mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions assessing a student’s theoretical knowledge.
Programming Project: Non-exam assessment which needs to be completed Approximately 20 hours of controlled assessment.
Learners will need to:
•Understand standard programming techniques
•Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including:
- Develop suitable algorithms
- Design suitable input and output formats
- Identify suitable variables and structures
- Identify test procedures
- Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
- Test their solution
Please note that Ofqual are presently consulting on the type of assessment for programming so some assessment content and methods may change.
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Advances in Computing are transforming the way Computer Scientists work and this Computer Science specification reflects this. This popular qualification, built on strong foundations, delivers a flexible, accessible and rigorous qualification, backed by top quality support, resources and professional development. This course focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to progress to Higher Education or in the workplace. Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply academic principles learned to real-world systems. This intensely creative subject combines invention and excitement, looking at the natural world through a digital prism. Our Computer Science qualification values computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. The programming project will involve designing, creating, testing and evaluating an IT system for a real world client and students will use knowledge and skills gained throughout the course to achieve this.
To provide a successful curriculum suited to our student intake profile,
balancing core learning with guided, differentiated pathways for sub-groups or
individuals which inspire and engage students whilst successfully preparing
them for progression at age 18 and future life as learners, employers and
To give the students a real world understanding of the use of technology
in the wider world and to provide a theoretical level of knowledge in the
history and inner workings of key aspects of the computer. To cultivate
creative and dynamic problem solvers, both when
using technology and in general, by developing the key skills of computational
To give students a deep understanding and engage learners to enhance
their awareness of current affairs and key Economic and Business topics to
enrich and develop their cultural capital and prepare them for a rapidly
changing external environment. To equip students with the analytical and
evaluative skills required to form judgments and opinions about why key
decisions are taken by the government and the impact on the world around us. We
want learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an
integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts,
theories and knowledge to help them prepare for progression to employment,
apprentices and further education.
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification Title: Computer Science
Qualification Specification Code: 7515
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the AQA webpage for the specification.
Standard Sixth Form entry requirements.
Computer Science related undergraduate degrees: Games Programming, Systems Analysis, Network Engineering, Cognitive Science and AI, Data Analysis, Robotics, Telecommunications, Software Engineering, and more. Computer Science related Level 3 apprenticeships: IT, Software, Telecoms, Informatics, Creative & Digital Media, and more. A Computer Science A-Level is a well-respected qualification to hold, giving opportunities to access relevant university courses as well as technical careers. The content covered in the Computer Science A Level coincides with content taught during the first year of most university Computer Science courses, meaning that students are more attractive enrolment prospects at better universities.
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