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Computing Science - Key Stage 4

Computing Science – OCR

From January 2013 our GCSE Computing counts as a science option in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) for secondary school league tables – alongside Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Any student who sits any three of the four separate sciences and achieves at least a C in two of them will meet the science requirement of the EBacc.

All students must have the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career.

All students will be taught to:

Course Summary

Unit A451: Computer Systems and Programming
Written paper - 80 marks 1 hour 30 minutes (40%)

This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.

Unit A452: Practical investigation
Controlled assessment investigative task. OCR set scenario with a choice of research tasks  Р40 marks Р30%

An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.

Unit A453: Programming project
Controlled assessment. Programming task. Design, develop and test a solution to a problem within the OCR set scenario – 45 Marks – 30%
Students will need to: