Year 11 will start with pupils preparing for and completing their second controlled assessment. This requires pupils to use Visual Basic programming language to either create a game or complete a more traditional application.
Upon the completion of the second piece of coursework, pupils will continue with their theoretical study through year 11 by looking at topics including databases, hardware and software and a further study of networks.
Links to exam board websites:
AQA GCSE – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/gcse/computer-science-4512
Links to further independent learning websites:
Hour of Code – https://code.org/learn
Code Academy – http://www.codecademy.com/learn
BBCS Bitesize Computer Science – http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty
Logic Puzzles (to develop logical thinking) – http://www.logic-puzzles.org/
Small Basic Download – http://smallbasic.com/
Visual Basic Download – http://microsoft-visual-basic.en.softonic.com/download
Working independently students will complete two tasks from a choice of four. Students will demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts; for example, gaming, web solutions and mobile phone applications. These tasks will form 60% of the overall grade.
Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
The exam forms 40% of the overall grade and will cover the computer fundamentals topics – see section above. Questions will be a range of types from very short to extended answer.
Year 10 (For students who will sit exams in summer 2022 and beyond)
Links to exam board websites: AQA GCSE – https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/gcse/computer-science-8525
A summary of the course content and examinations is below:
100% of this course is assessed using written examinations in year 11:
If you have any questions about GCSE Computer science please do not hesitate to contact one of the class teachers; Mrs Lucas, Mr Ryall or Mr Stacey-Moore.