Computer Science

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils will study the topics:

  • Gone Phishing - esafety and being aware of dangers using technology
  • History of Computing - research and presentation skills
  • If you've not done that, do this - sequencing, selection and iteration within code
  • Python Programming - input, output and selection statements
  • Physical Computing - using BBC Micro:bits
  • Game Design - creating a game using a traditional story as a base

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils will study the topics:

  • 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
  • Hyper Text Markup Language - creating simple websites with images, links and structure
  • Python Programming - using lists and files, to build upon Year 7 unit
  • Connection Failed - identifying how data travels around different types of networks
  • Right or Wrong? - looking at the legal implications of using modern technology

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils will study the topics:

  • Data Representation - identifying how binary is used to store numbers, text, images and sound
  • Forms of Attack - looking at the different ways computer systems can be vulnerable and how to prevent attacks
  • There is an App for that! - analysing the apps available for smartphones and how they target an audience
  • There isn't an App for that, yet! - pupils use MIT App Inventor to create their own Android App
  • Hardware & Software - identifying the different uses and connections for a range of hardware and software
  • Python Programming - using lists, files and validation

GCSE Computer Science 9-1 (OCR J276)

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

Online Resources

We put a lot of revision resources and content on the Go Computer Science website. This is particularly useful for GCSE pupils.

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