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Computer Science KS4

Aims

The computer science course is designed to enable learners to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically,
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
  • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.

 

Content
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Winter term – Systems architecture (CPU), programming techniques (variables, data types, sequence, operators, selection)
  • Winter term – Data representation, network topologies, protocols, programming techniques (arrays, standard algorithms, defensive code, testing)
  • Winter term – Records, tables, SQL selection, non-exam assessment (NEA)
  • Spring term – Systems architecture (Fetch/execute), programming techniques (iteration, file handling, string manipulation)
  • Spring term – Network layers, system security, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages
  • Spring term – Tracing algorithms, ethical, legal, cultural and environmental considerations
  • Summer term – Memory, storage, wired and wireless networks, programming techniques (validation, sub programs, algorithm design)
  • Summer term – System software, system life cycle phases, controlled assessment practice.
  • Summer term – Revision, exams

 

Key assessment details
Winter term:
  • Programming project (Non-Exam Assessment) 20% of GCSE
Summer term:
  • Computer systems (1.5 hour exam) 40% of GCSE
  • Computational thinking, algorithms & programming (1.5 hour exam) 40% of GCSE

NB: Exams are written and calculators are not allowed.

 

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