Key Stage 4 - Computing
Computing is the study of how computers work and how to program them. It gives an understanding of how the vast range of computer programs that we now use every day, from operating systems on personal computers through to games on consoles and smart phones are actually created.
Much of the course will be practical in nature, learning the Java programming language, which today is used to create everything from large business applications used by international organisations through software for televisions and DVD players as well as online games and apps for Android based tablets and phones.
The major topics covered are:
- How to program a computer using the Java language
- Common programming algorithms – real world problem solving using computers
- How graphics and sound are handled by computers
- How computers actually work – the components that make up a computer and what they do
- How the Internet and networks operate
- Computer security and encryption
Key Stage 4
SUBJECT: GCSE Computer Science
Course Specification: Edexcel GCSE Computer Science (J276)
Aims of the course:
OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science will encourage learners to:
- understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
- think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
- understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
- apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.
The course is made up of three components, two being theory based and one a practical, programming project.
Theory Component Content Overview
The two theory units are assessed by a 1 hour 30 minute examination, each worth 40% of the total mark for the course. The Programming Project is a non-examination assessment worth 20% of the total mark.