GCSE | Computer Science

GCSE in Computer Science

The department

We’re the only Lead School in Berkshire with a Master Teacher in Computer Science, working as a regional hub for best practise in this important subject. The department promotes critical thinking, enable students to enhance analysis skills, develop further problem-solving techniques, and students will develop algorithmic structures from conceptual ideas for creating meaningful code to suit audience and purpose.

The school works with IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Faraday to provide interactive learning challenges to students, acting as a host school for the region as part of its role as a centre of excellence in Computer Science.

Through our iSTEM+ programme, which connects students with industry, Leighton Park has achieved the following impressive accolades:

  • Winner – Business Education IT Facility Award
  • Winner – Ripple Effect Prize for use of innovative learning technology
  • Winner (secondary schools) – national Community STEM Awards
  • Finalist – Education Business STEM Innovation Award
  • Finalist – Independent Schools Association, Innovation in STEM Award

Selected alumni –

  • Leo Ijebor (2008): Transaction Banking Technology Associate, Deutsche Bank.
  • James Munson (1990): Head of IT, UCAS.
  • Robert Youngjohn (1970)EVP & GM HP Software, Hewlett-Packard; former President of Microsoft North America.
  • Sir John Adye (1958) was Director of Government Headquarters (GCHQ). He joined the Board of the US National Biometric Security Project in 2003.

 

GCSE in Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR
Syllabus Code: J277

At Leighton Park we offer OCR’s new specification GCSE Computer Science. The course not only offers students a solid basis of understanding Computer Science but engages learners by analysing real world applications, their respective uses, how they have changed, reason behind change and how innovation will direct future software development. The course will promote critical thinking, enable students to enhance analysis skills, develop further problem-solving techniques, and students will develop algorithmic structures from conceptual ideas for creating meaningful code to suit audience and purpose. The Computer Science GCSE course provides a high standard of preparation for higher education, an effective employment route, transferable multi-functional computing skills and knowledge that are relative to our current and future environment.

The qualification is split into two components:

 

Component 1 – Computer systems – worth 50% of the course

Students will be assessed by written examination of 90 minutes, which has a mixture of short- and long- answer questions for the topics of:

  • Systems architecture
  • Memory and storage
  • Computer networks, connections and protocols
  • Network security
  • System software
  • Ethical legal cultural & environmental concerns.

 

Component 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – worth 50% of the course

Students will be assessed by written examination of 90 minutes, which has a mixture of short- and long- answer questions for the topics of:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Producing robust programs
  • Boolean logic
  • Programming languages and Integrated Development Environments.

 

If you have any queries about this course, please contact Head of Department: Chris Price.

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