Key Stage 4

Qualification

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.

For more information visit the OCR Webpage:  https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j277-from-2020/

Qualification

Creative iMedia

An introduction to the course

The Creative I Media course teaches creative media skills through the practical use of a variety of different ICT applications. It provides you with the essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve your learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing employability when you leave education.

This contributes to your personal   development and future economic well-being by equipping you with a range of creative media skills providing opportunities to develop desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and the ability to work with others, communicating creative concepts effectively. With these skills you will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products.

What the course involves and how is it assessed?

The OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative I Media consists of two mandatory units and two optional units:

  • R081 Pre-Production skills develops the understanding of a client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process of creative and digital media. Assessed by an end of Unit 75-minute Examination.
  • R082 Creating digital graphics, is a Centre-assessed task and is fully practical. You will learn the basics of digital graphics, editing for the creative and digital media sector and where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. Assessed by Controlled Assessment done in the Classroom
  • R085 Design and create a multipage website This unit will enable you to understand the basics of creating an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing, multipage website. Assessed by Controlled Assessment done in the Classroom
  • R087 creating interactive multimedia products. These are used widely in everyday life and the creative and digital media sector, including in computer games, mobile phones, presentations and many other areas. You will understand the basics of interactive multimedia products for the creative and digital media sector and will learn where and why interactive multimedia is used and what features are needed for a given purpose. Assessed by Controlled Assessment done in the Classroom

Career Opportunities

There is currently a huge demand for a skilled and digitally literate workforce. Digital media products are used in almost every business and major industry. Digital media plays a key part in many areas of our everyday lives and it is vital to the UK economy that the workforce is equipped with creative, computer literate people.

Post-16 opportunities

This course directly links to the BTEC ICT L3 course offered by the school in addition to many other L3 ICT courses.

Required resources/equipment for the course

Ideally a computer with internet connection at home is advantageous but not essential.

Image Editing Software

For further information contact:

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

Mr Kadiri (Computer Science and i Media Teacher)

To find out more visit the websitehttps://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

Oak Academy online lessons

KS4https://compsci.homelearning.outwood.com/

These are the J276 lessons for Year 11 and J277 lessons for Year 10

Work for Students

Year 10 - OCR Computer Science

Revision site for both J276 and J277 GCSE qualifications: https://sites.google.com/horburycomputing.co.uk/j276ocrgcsecomputerscience/home

Work for Students

Year 11