OCR GCSE Computer Science Course Overview

The objective of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of Computer Science.

The Practical element includes:

  • how to code in Python, the worlds most popular language.
  • how to create, edit and use SQL databases, the world’s most popular database system.
  • Common algorithms suchs as sorting, searching and encryption algorithms.

The theory element includes:

  • How computer hardware works (the CPU, storage devices, input & output devices).
  • How networks work.
  • How computers represent data (images, sound, text, etc).
  • How binary, hexadecimal and truth tables work.
  • Much,much more!

OCR GCSE Computer Science Course Overview

Practical Elements of the Course

Python Programming

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Learn how to code in the world’s most popular and easy to learn language. Learn the core skills of coding, transferable to any programming language.

 

SQL Database Programming

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Lear how to create, edit and write queries for the most popular database language in the world.

Micro-Controllers

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Learn how to code micro-controllers – the devices at the core of the Internet-of-things boom (smart Tvs, smart fridges,smart security..)

 

Examination Breakdown (current year 11 cohort)

Paper Based Theory Exam

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  • 40% of your final mark
  • Paper based in exam hall
  • 90 Minutes
  • Probably in June 2017

Controlled Assessment Project 1

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  • Computer based research project in the classroom
  • 30% of your final mark
  • 20 Hours total
  • Produce an electronic report to a professional quality
  • September – October 2016

Controlled Assessment Project 2

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  • 30% of final mark
  • Computer based programming project in the classroom
  • 20 hours total
  • Produce an electronic professional quality report
  • November 2016 to Jan 2017

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Examination Breakdown (current year 10 cohort)

Computer Systems Exam

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  • 40% of overall mark
  • Paper based exam in exam hall
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mostly theory with some algorithms

Computational Thinking Exam

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  • 40% of overall mark
  • Paper based exam in exam hall
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mostly writing, debugging and discussing programs and algorithms.

Programming Project

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  • 20% of your final mark
  • Classroom based project
  • Research, programming and report
  • Written report submitted in electronic format
  • Completed in controlled conditions in the classroom over 20 hours
Term Year 10 Year 11
Autumn – HT 1 Python Beginner Controlled Assessment
Autumn – HT 2 Python Intermediate Theory -Computers & Networks
Spring – HT 1 SQL Databases Theory – Data representation
Spring – HT 2 SQL & Python  Algorithms
Summer – HT 1 Python Building Programs Exam Preparation
Summer – HT 2 Independent Programming Project Study leave

* Current year 11s will be completing their 2nd controlled assessment

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Current Year 11s (Old syllabus)

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Current Year 11s

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