Computing (KS4)

Exam Board – OCR Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science (J276): specification

Course Description – This will contain a summary of the content of the course: topics which will be studied and skills which will be assessed. This does not require huge amounts of detail.

 Students will understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.  They will analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.  Students will practice skills in thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.  Other elements of the course consist of understanding the components that make up digital systems, how they communicate with one another and with other systems and understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.

Assessment – This will provide a summary of the number of exams, their weighting and length, together with the content assessed on each paper. Any remaining coursework elements should also be added.

Computer systems (Written paper 1hour 30mins) – 50% of qualification

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (Written paper 1hour 30mins) – 50% of qualification

Programming project – 20 hour programming project, which is submitted to the board each year.

Why study Computing?

This course is a challenging and exciting insight into Computer Science.  This course will give students a very strong foundation for pursuing Computer Science at A level or for a strong apprenticeship.  There are many transferable skills that students learn such as problem solving skills which will help them with any course and so it isn’t just for those that are sure they want to do Computing at A level.