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Computer Science

Our Computer Science qualification will, above all else, be relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science. Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. Our Computer Skills qualification will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. These skills will be the best preparation for learners who want to go on to study Computer Science at A-Level and beyond. The qualification will also provide a good grounding for other subjects that require computational and thinking skills.

 

Creative Media

This course is Media sector-focussed which will include film, television, web development, gaming and animation and all have IT at their heart.  The course will provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning.  The course will deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all pupils to achieve great things.

 

How are the topics/units structured?

Computer Science

Component 01: Computer systems

Introduces pupils to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, data representation, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Pupils apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators.

Practical programming

Pupils are to be given the opportunity to undertake a programming task(s) during their course of study which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, test and refine programs using a high-level programming language. Pupils will be assessed on these skills during the written examinations, in particular component 02 (section B).

 

Creative Media 

Unit R081 - Pre-Production Skills. 60 marks, 1 hour 15 minutes (unit).  Written paper, OCR set and marked
Unit R082 - Creating Digital Graphics.  60 marks, approximately 10 hours duration (unit).  Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated.

How will pupils be assessed?

Computer Science 
Component 1 - 80 marks
Exam - 1 hour 30 minutes
Weighting - 50%
No calculator allowed

Component 2 - 80 marks
Exam - 1 hour 30 minutes
Weighting - 50%
No calculator allowed

 

Creative Media

One exam - 1 hour 30 minutes
Three centre-assessed tasks

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