GCSE Computer Science

Examination Board  –  OCR  
What Will I Learn? Computer Science is a fascinating and interesting subject in which we look at how computers work, what happens to networks when they get hacked and the moral, ethical and legal issues surrounding computers. You will also get to investigate the brain of the computer, the CPU, and how through the use of simple addition and subtraction it performs amazing feats which enrich our lives. Throughout the course you will also look at programming. You will get an opportunity to program using Python. Generally this will be in the format of learning new programming skills and then executing them to make programs. There will be many opportunities to problem solve, one of the key traits needed to do well on this course; if you give up at the first hurdle then you may want to reconsider if you really want to do this course. Finally we look into the theory behind programming. It is not a case of just sitting down and writing a program, there is a lot of planning involved and trial and error. If you have determination, a passion for computers and a little geekiness inside you, this is the course for you! Please note that this course requires a predicted grade of a 5 or above in Maths, if your predicted grade is lower than a 5 you will need to talk to Mr Brooks
How Am I Assessed? You will be assessed through two exams: 50% – Computer Systems 50% – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming
What Career Options Do I Have?
Applications Developer   
Web Designer
Data Analyst                                                    
Technical Author
Game Developer                                                        
IT Trainer
IT Consultant                                                   
Information Systems Manager
Network Manager
Penetration Tester