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Computer Science

Year 9

In order to give students an experience of the different elements to GCSE Computing, pupils study a range of topics in Year 9.

The units are:

• Algorithms: interpreting, correcting & writing pseudocode.
• Programming Techniques: identifying variables, constants, operators, constructs, data types
• Systems Architecture: understanding CPU characteristics, function, components, embedded systems
• Producing Programs: design, development, maintaining and testing their own programs.

Pupils can find more information on the course from the Department Options board located in F6 or speak to a member of the Department.

More information on the course can be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/225975-specification-accredited-gcse-computer-science-j276.pdf

SEND support in Year 9 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Pupils have the opportunity throughout the course to participate in external workshops. In the past these have included; Computer Systems used at Blackpool Pleasure Beach & a Programming Workshop through Salford College.

Year 10

In Year 10 Computing students study the following units of work:

Computer system

• Systems Architecture
• Memory
• Storage
• Wired and wireless networks
• Network topologies, protocols and layers
• System security
• System software
• Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
• Algorithms
• Programming techniques
• Producing robust programs
• Computational logic
• Translators and facilities of languages
• Data representation

More information on the course can be found at
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

SEND support in Year 10 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Pupils have the opportunity throughout the course to participate in external workshops. In the past these have included; Computer Systems used at Blackpool Pleasure Beach & a Programming Workshop through Salford College.

Year 11

Year 11 lessons involve consolidating learning from previous years as well as learning key exam technique in preparation for the two externally assessed 90 minute exams.

Before this students must undertake a programming project to ensure they have appropriate programming knowledge and skills.
Programming project

Totalling 20 hours Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

• Programming techniques
• Analysis
• Design
• Development
• Testing and evaluation and conclusions

More information on the course can be found at http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012/

SEND support in Year 10 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Pupils have the opportunity throughout the course to participate in external workshops. In the past these have included; Computer Systems used at Blackpool Pleasure Beach & a Programming Workshop through Salford College.


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St Patrick's RC High School
56 New Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 7JJ