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Computing (Key Stage 4)

 

During this 3 year delivery model, students are taught a lot of theory throughout due to its 80% exam element. This is tested regularly using external materials from OCR Examination Board as well as Hodder Education.

Students are tested at intervals using past papers so students are exposed to current expectations and content.

 

Course Overview

Content

Assessment

Computer Systems

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

Exam - Computer systems (01) 

80 marks 1 hour and 30 minutes Written paper (no calculators allowed)

40%

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 

Algorithms | Programming techniques | Producing robust programs | Computational logic | Translators and facilities of languages | Data representation

Exam - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02) 

 80 marks 1 hour and 30 minutes Written paper (no calculators allowed)

40%

Programming project 

Programming techniques | Analysis | Design | Development | Testing and evaluation and conclusions

Non Exam Assessment (Coursework) 

Programming project (03/04) 40 marks Totalling 20 hours Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

20%

 

Year 9

 In Year 9, students are typically introduced to new concepts and build upon KS3 Knowledge. This includes Data Representation of Numbers, Characters, Images and Audio as well as an introduction to Computation Thinking.

Year 10

 In Year 10, students prepare and complete their NEA coursework section. This includes Algorithms, Programming techniques and Data Types.

Year 11

 In Year 11, students continue with theory content and build upon past topics to greater depth thus preparing them for their exams in Computational thinking, algorithms and programming and Computer systems.