Computer Science

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J277 OCR GCSE Computer Science

An introduction to the course

Computer Science and the computing skills within it is of enormous importance to the economy and is the ‘underpinning’ subject across Science and Engineering. Within this exciting GCSE subject, you will lean the inner working of a computer and networking. You will learn to understand how computers have impacted on the society and explore the development of programs that run on them.  In today’s fluid technology driven economy a qualification in Computer Science or a Computer related subject is an absolute necessity in addition to a technical or business associated qualification.

What the course involves

Through studying Computer Science, you will:

  • Understand the main principles of problem-solving using computers, including the development of algorithms and data representation.
  • Learn how to analyse problems in computational terms solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
  • Learn how to 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 wider society.
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer science.

How the course is assessed

The course assessment consists of two papers, one focusing on computer systems and one with a focus on     programming, computational thinking and algorithms. Both are worth 50% of the whole mark of the GCSE.

Career Opportunities

Computer science is now one of the most sought-after qualifications within industry. All aspects of engineering    demand a good grounding in computer science. Other careers can range from traditional application development, web technology development, hardware/software engineering, database administration in addition to computer games and mobile application development. Additionally, there is now a high demand for computer science in the design and business sector due to the now total reliance on computer aided design.

Post-16 opportunities

This course can lead on to a Post 16 course in Computer Science, apprenticeships and other industrial    experiences as well as act as a foundation to further study in higher education.

Required resources/equipment for the course

This course requires a good level of mathematical understanding. It also requires a logical mind that is willing to problem-solve and work hard.

For further information contact:

Mr Mitson (Head of Computer Science) or your computer science teacher.

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