KS4 option - Computer Science
Subject Lead: Mr G Macdonald
Key Stage 4 options
We currently we offer a range of level of qualifications at KS4 in order to allow students to build upon their knowledge and skills:
- Entry Level qualifications
- Functional Skills
- Cambridge Nationals ICT
- GCSE Computer Science
GCSE Computer Science
At GCSE students can opt to do Computer Science. We follow the OCR syllabus for Computer Science. In GCSE Computer Science, the exam is 100%. Students are required to complete coursework but it's not assessed.
There are two exam papers on Computer Systems and Computational thinking, algorithms and programming. The coursework involves students coding a program using Python programming language, this is evidenced in a write-up including, Analysis, Design, Development, Testing, Evaluation, and Conclusions.
Computer Science builds on our pioneering qualification development in this field. Relevant to the modern, changing world of computing, it’s designed to boost computing skills essential for the 21st century. Companies, organisations, academics and teachers have been involved in shaping and developing this contemporary qualification.
The specification focuses on:
• Computational thinking as its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence
• Applying the academic principles they learn in the classroom to real-world systems in an exciting and engaging way
• Giving students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.
GCSE (9–1) Computer Science is now assessed through two written examinations. Each exam is worth 50%.
Programming is a core skill which continues to be a focal point of our updated GCSE. Students are required to develop programming skills as part of the GCSE. These skills will reinforce and support access to the content in the GCSE written examinations.
Learning is delivered through a creative blend of practical and theoretical lessons. Students are given the opportunity to develop practical programming skills, and also develop vital understanding across a range of relevant computer science topics. The written examinations are undertaken in the final year of the course.