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GCSE Computer Science

OCR GCSE Computer Science (9-1) - J276 (from 2016)

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

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

Computer systems (01)
80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes
Written paper (no calculators allowed)

 50% of total GCSE

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
• Algorithms *
• Programming techniques
• Producing robust programs
• Computational logic
• Translators and facilities of languages
• Data representation

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)
80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes
Written paper
(no calculators allowed) 

 50% of total GCSE

Programming project **
• Programming techniques
• Analysis
• Design
• Development
• Testing and evaluation and conclusions

Totalling 20 hours

Formal requirement
Consolidates the learning across the specification through practical activity

 

 

 Year 10

 Year 11

 

 Units

 Assessment

 Units

 Assessment

 Autumn

Algorithms and Programming Techniques

Create an algorithm to help a taxi company calculate its fares.

Programming languages

Computer systems: hardware

Computer systems: systems software

Write programs using a low level language.

Theory Test

Iteration

Write an algorithm for a computer game.

Theory Test

Python Refresher

Programming Project

 

 

 Spring

Boolean logic

 

Data types and structures

Design logic circuits to solve a control problem.

Encode and decode messages with an encryption key.

Theory Test

Programming Project

Networks

Theory Test

 

 

Searching and sorting algorithms

 

Input and Output

Write an algorithm to find the top ten.

Write a program to create and manage logins.

Theory Test

System Security

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Design and code an information point.

Design and code an online test.

Theory Test

 Summer

Binary and hexadecimal

 

 

Binary representations

Write a program that will convert between different number formats.

Create a program to compress and decompress image files for a social media site.

Theory Test

Revision

GCSE summer exams

Problem solving

Mock Programming Project