Computing Key Stage 4 - St Peter's Church of England Aided School Exeter, Devon, UK

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The Computing option is GCSE Computing – OCR exam board. The course helps students to learn about critical thinking, analysis and problem solving. These can be transferred to other subjects and everyday life.

Year 9

Year 9

 

In year 9 students will start programming using Python. This is a language they will have used in years 7 and 8 and encouraged to use at home. Students will also learn the content for the computational thinking exam which will also aid their controlled assessment. Units this year include:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation
  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

 

Year 10

Year 10

In year 10 students will focus on the theory units so they can understand the reasoning behind the programming elements for the later years of their GCSE. The topics included in this year are:

  • Systems architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

 

Year 11

Year 11

In year 11 students will consolidate all they have learnt over the past 4 years. The controlled assessment will take place early in year 11 to ensure there is plenty of time to revise for the two written exams in the summer term. At this stage students will feel very confident with both theory and programming.

Assessment

Computer Systems Written Exam – 50%

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming Written Exam – 50%

Programming Project – 20 hours Controlled Assessment – not included in the final qualification grade

 

 

 

 

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