Computing & Computer Science

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Computing at TWGGS is a popular subject that pupils embrace across the curriculum. We aim to equip pupils with a broad range of skills and understanding by teaching a range of topics, thereby introducing them to the wealth of opportunities available to them in the technological age. Many of the key aspects of computing provide pupils with transferable analytical and problem solving skills that can be applied in many other subjects.

The core of Computing is Computer Science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate with the correct skills for the future workplace and as active participants in the digital world. The IT network runs on Windows 10 and serves 4 dedicated ICT rooms plus many other terminals throughout the school.

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 have one lesson a week, with Year 9 having one lesson a fortnight. Year 9 have the option to continue with Computer Science at GCSE.

Year 7
  • Using Computers Responsibly (including internet safety)
  • Hardware & Software
  • Flowcharts using Flowol
  • Programming in Scratch
  • Programming in Python
  • Programming using the BBC Micro:bit
Year 8
  • Hardware & Software
  • Networks and the Internet
  • Programming in Python
  • Spreadsheets
  • Data Representation
  • Issues in Computer Science
Year 9
  • Programming in Python
  • Hardware and Software
  • HTML and Website Design

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE

OCR specification for GCSE Computer Science Computer Science is the study of how computer systems work and how they are constructed and programmed. It explores a set of techniques for solving problems and requires logical thinking to be developed to understand programming. These are valuable transferable skills.

Pupils learn about:

  • Programming, using Python to design, write and test a range of programs
  • Algorithms and why they are at the heart of how computers work
  • Data: how it is handled and stored and what it can be used for
  • Hardware and Software, looking at how computers work
  • Communication and the internet, through study of networks and the world wide web
  • Issues in Computer Science, including ethical, cultural & environmental impacts and legislation

The knowledge and skills taught provide excellent progression to futures studies in the areas of computing, engineering and science. The course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.

Component 1

Computer Systems

1 hour 30 minutes examination

80 marks

50% of GCSE

Topics

  • Systems architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
Component 2

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

1 hour 30 minutes examination

80 marks

50% of GCSE

Topics

  • Algorithms*
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation
*Algorithm questions are not exclusive to Component 2 and can be assessed in either component
Programming Project

20 hour project completed in lessons

This is a formal requirement that consolidates the learning across the specification through practical activity.

Topics

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