Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 Computer Science the students work on the OCR J276 specification. The Key Stage 4 curriculum consists of the two exams and one programming project which is done in controlled assessment conditions.  The units cover a wide range of computer science topics that will give students varied skills to prepare them for their assessment i.e. exam and to carry out their programming project.

Pupils will develop their skills by applying the theory knowledge to practical situations by designing, creating and testing applications for a given scenario. To ensure students student are constantly progressing they will have do a range of activities in the form of learning development outside of the lesson as well as mock exam alongside programming projects.

Assessment: All assessments are completed in class under controlled assessment in order to build up vital skills required for success at GCSE level. Pupils are made aware of what they are being assessed on and how they are assessed early on in the unit with the aid of the exam specification topics and mark schemes. The assessments we do are devised from the three Assessment Objectives (AO) which have different weighing.

The first exam is computer systems which is worth 40%, the second exam is computational thinking and that is also worth 40%. The final controlled assessment is a project which is worth 20% of the GCSE. All formal assessments are carried out in year 11.
The following table shows an overview of the topics that are covered with each one covering many Assessment Objectives.

Overview of topics being studied

9 A451: Computer systems: computer hardware, binary, hexadecimal, binary addition, logic gates and memory

A451: Programming: variables, loops, conditional statements and writing to text files

Theory: databases, networks

A453: Programming project
10 A451: Computer systems: networking, databases, websites, and A452: research project A451: Research project and programming A453: Programming project
11 A451 computer systems A451 computer systems revision and A453 project work Revision programme