Computer Science

Year 7

  • Staying Safe: Looking at social media privacy settings, location aware apps and phishing scams

  • Sequence, selection and iteration: Looking at how programming is around us and what could happen if they were wrong

  • Physical Computing: Using the BBC Micro:Bits, pupils create games and resources for a purpose

  • Python Programming: Introducing sequence, selection and controlled iteration

  • Game Design: A practical experience of sequence, selection and iteration to meet a target audience and purpose.

Year 8

  • Searching & Sorting Algorithms - how to measure efficiency when finding and organising data

  • Structured Query Language - using SQL to add and remove data, and identifying its use in the modern world

  • Data Representation - identifying how binary is used to store numbers, text, images and sound

  • Python Programming - using lists and files, to build upon Year 7 unit

  • Connection Failed - identifying how data travels around different types of networks

Year 9

  • Hardware, memory and storage - identifying the different uses and purposes for storage devices, RAM, ROM and virtual memory and the CPU

  • Forms of Attack - looking at the different ways computer systems can be vulnerable and how to prevent attacks

  • Boolean logic - looking at different logic gates and truth tables to complete comparisons

  • Python Programming - using lists, files and validation

  • 3D Design - looking at sustainability, the environment and new design methodology

GCSE Computer Science 9-1 (OCR J276)

For current Year 11

Non-Examination Assessment - NEA (20%)

As set by the exam board each year, the pupils are presented with a challenge for which they will need to analyse, design, develop, test and document a solution for using the Python programming language. This is released by the exam board in the September of Year 11, and will be completed by December of that year.

Examinations (80%)

There are two examinations for this GCSE, each paper is one hour and 30 minutes long and worth 40% of the overall grade.

Paper 1: 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

Paper 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

  • Algorithms

  • Programming techniques

  • Producing robust programs

  • Computational logic

  • Translators and facilities of languages

  • Data representation

GCSE Computer Science 9-1 (OCR J277)

For current Year 10

Examinations

There are two examinations for this GCSE, each paper is one hour and 30 minutes long and worth 50% of the overall grade.

Paper 1: 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

Paper 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

  • Algorithms

  • Programming techniques

  • Producing robust programs

  • Computational logic

  • Translators and facilities of languages

  • Data representation


FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you have any questions regarding the Computer Science Curriculum at The Wordsley School, please contact Mr D Willetts (Curriculum Achievement Lead) on (01384) 816015.