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Computer Science    KS4

Head of Faculty: Ms Fisk

Computer Science teacher: Mr C Gooding

 

Computer Science is in every aspect of our daily lives. It is used in communications, entertainment, manufacture and finance as well as many other human activities using a variety of computer systems on a wide range of devices.

Why should I choose this subject?  What will I learn?

GCSE Computer Science (OCR) is a very practical subject – students will be able to use the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom on real-world problems. It’s also a highly creative subject that calls on learners to be inventive.

The course is made of three components:

COMPUTER SYSTEMS

(COMPONENT 1 – worth 50% of marks)

  • study how processors work
  • investigate computer memory and storage
  • explore modern network layouts and how they function
  • build skills in the ever-important realm of cyber security
  • investigate how types of software are used within computer systems
  • stretch wider comprehension of how computers and computing affect ethical, legal, cultural and environmental issues

COMPUTATIONAL THINKING, ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING (COMPONENT 2 – worth 50% of marks) 

  • study fundamental algorithms in computer science
  • build a firm foundation in programming techniques
  • thoroughly test programs and make them resistant to misuse
  • explore Boolean algebra (AND, OR, NOT)
  • understand how we store data within computers in binary form

 A PROGRAMMING PROJECT

(COMPONENT 3)

All students must be given the opportunity to undertake a programming task(s), either to a specification or to solve a problem.

What controlled assessment/exams are there?

There are two exam papers, each paper lasts 1.5 hours and is worth 50% of the total GCSE. Students will also complete a programming project in the final year of the course that will take a total of 20 hours to complete. Programming knowledge will be examined in the second exam paper.

Where will this subject take me?

GCSE (9-1) Computer Science is effective preparation for a range of qualifications including:

  • AS Level Computer Science
  • A Level Computer Science
  • Cambridge Technicals – IT Level 3(these are OCR vocational qualifications that offer an alternative to A levels for students aged 16+)

 

 

Creative iMedia KS4

 

Creative iMedia has may links with aspects of our daily lives. Many of these links will consist of from different graphics, designing book covers, creating storyboards for adverts and planning the layout of cases of video games.

Why should I choose this subject?  What will I learn?

Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia (OCR) is a very practical subject – students will be able to use the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom on real-world problems. It’s also a highly creative subject that calls on learners to be inventive.

The course is made of four components:

R081 PRE-PRODUCTION SKILLS

(COMPONENT 1 – worth 25% of marks)

  • Purpose and use of different documents such as mood boards, mind maps, scripts, visualisation diagrams and storyboards.
  • Producing a work plan for specific projects.
  • Identify the different target audiences.
  • Specific legislation related to intellectual property.

R082 CREATING DIGITAL GRAPHICS

(COMPONENT 2 – worth 25% of marks)

  • Understanding the purpose and properties of digital graphics.
  • Plan the creation of a digital graphic
  • Create the digital graphic according to a scenario.
  • Review the digital graphic

R085 CREATING MULTIPAGE WEBSITE

(COMPONENT 3 – worth 25% of marks)

  • Understanding the purpose and properties of multipage websites.
  • Plan the creation of a multipage website
  • Create the multipage website according to a scenario, using multimedia components.
  • Review the multipage website

R091 DESIGNING A GAME CONCEPT

(COMPONENT 4 – worth 25% of marks)

  • Understanding digital game types and platforms.
  • Plan a digital game concept
  • Create the proposal for a digital game, linking to a scenario.
  • Review the digital game proposal 

What controlled assessment/exams are there?

There is one exam paper lasting 1 hours, 15 minutes and is worth 25% of the total GCSE. Students will also complete three pieces of non-examined assessment which are all worth 25% each.

Where will this subject take me?

Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia is effective preparation for a range of qualifications including:

  • AS Level Film Studies / Media Studies
  • A Level Film Studies / Media Studies
  • Cambridge Technicals – IT Level 3 or Digital Media Level 3 (these are OCR vocational qualifications that offer an alternative to A levels for students aged 16+)

 

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