(OCR GCSE Computing)
Contact: Mr M Drage, Teacher of ICT & Computing
The course will give learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and will give them an insight into what goes on 'behind the scenes'. It will also give students the opportunity of computer programming.
On this two year course students will study the following topic areas:
- Fundamentals of computer systems
- Computing hardware - input/output devices, memory, binary logic, secondary storage, central processing unit.
- Software - operating system, utility programs, application software.
- Representation of data - numbers, characters, sound, images, instructions.
- Databases - management systems, relational databases.
- Computer communications - networks, the internet.
- Programming - algorithms, programming languages, control flow.
Students will complete two pieces of coursework (controlled assessments). One piece of coursework will take the form of a practical investigative task, an exam board set scenario with a choice of research tasks. The other piece of coursework will involve a programming task that enables the students to design, develop and test a solution to a problem. There will be one examination which will include both short answer questions and essay type questions.
- In-depth understanding how computer technology works.
- Critical thinking.
- Analysis and problem solving.
- Technical research.
- Computer programming (scratch, small basic, visual basic).
- Designing, creating, testing code.
Beyond Year 11:
This course will suit students who enjoy a challenge and thrive on solving real problems, it is worth noting that a good grade for GCSE Computing is a brilliant foundation to study A-Level Computing and a great way to show independent thinking and creative problem skills at University level. The course is also a good pathway to any ICT/computing related careers.