Computing

Y11 Computer Science Revision Files

Computing is a core subject at KS3. At KS4 ICT and Computing are both available as options subjects.

ICT – Information Communication Technology

Today we live in a world of technology and know how to use it. This course moves students from ‘how to use it’ to exploring how technology is created and the effects it has – not just in their daily lives, but in everything from commerce to communication, to politics and the music industry.

How Will Work Be Assessed?

The course is made up of three elements, two practical tasks completed in lessons and an external examination.

Unit 1: Systems and Applications in ICT (40% of the marks)

  • Externally assessed
  • 1 Hour and 30 minutes

Unit 2: The Assignment: Applying ICT (30% of the marks)

  • Internally assessed, externally moderated
  • Approximately 25 hours of Controlled Assessment
  • Within the given situation and working independently, pupils will be asked to solve one or more tasks requiring independent use of ICT

Unit 3: Practical Problem Solving in ICT (30% of the marks)

  • Internally assessed, externally moderated
  • Approximately 25 hours of Controlled Assessment
  • The purpose of this unit is to ask pupils to solve practical problems which they may meet in education, the community or in the work place. ICT must be used to solve the problem

What skills will I develop?

  • Think creativity, logically and critically
  • Select, use and integrate ICT tools and techniques to meet needs
  • Find, select and evaluate information for its relevance, value, accuracy and plausibility
  • Communicate data and information in a form fit for purpose and audience
  • Adopt safe, secure and responsible practice when using ICT
  • Develop appropriate and effective ICT based solutions in a range of contexts
  • Evalute your own and others use of ICT

How will this course help me in the future?

Whether you want to continue in education, or enter into employment this course will provide all of the ICT skills you will require in the future.

Computer Science OCR GCSE Computing

This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world, and will give pupils an in-depth understanding on how computer technology works. The course looks at what goes on behind the scenes and pupils will investigate computer programming, develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills.
GCSE computing is a single award qualification.

How will the work be assessed?

Assessment consists of three units:

  • Unit A451 – Computer Systems and Programming Exam – 40%
    This is a compulsory question paper, consisting of a mixture of short and long answers, some of which will require candidates to write programme code.
  • Unit A452 – Practical Investigation (Approx 20 hours) – 30%
    Candidates carry out a practical investigation of a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR.
  • Unit A452 – Programming Project (Approx 20 hours) – 30%
    Candidates create solutions to computing tasks from a set of options supplied by OCR.

What will I learn?

  • Develop understanding of current and emerging technologies
  • Acquire and apply knowledge, technical skills and understanding of algorithms and programming
  • Develop independence and become discerning users of ICT
  • Developing mobile phone and pc apps and games
  • Building PC’s, computer Networks and websites

What skills will I develop?

  • Critical thinking, analysis and problem solving
  • Programming skills
  • Creative design skills
  • Using algorithms
  • Evaluation skills

How will this course help me in the future?

You will be able to problem solve using critical thinking and use code as a medium to reach a solution. The course demonstrates students who can think in a structured manner and are able to organise themselves to develop solutions based on task criteria. Hence skills, employers are always looking for.