Computer Science

Course Information

Literacy ****
Numeracy *****
Communications ***
Creativity ***
Practical ***
Group Work ***
Examination Assessment 100%
Non Examination Assessment 0%
EBacc ?
Examination Board OCR
Course GCSE

General Information

The course provides opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and understanding of how computers work. You will learn how to write code, design programs and understand the ethical and legal impact of digital technology. Cyber Security is also an important element of this course. This course is for those who wish to learn how to become producers of technology products rather than just consumers. You will study a range of topics providing a foundation for a career in programming, systems design, networking and a range of other areas.

What will I need to succeed?

  • Be willing to think for yourself, work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Enjoy solving logic puzzles.
  • Be determined and willing to persevere.
  • Be willing to adopt programming as a hobby spending at least 2 hours a week practicing and developing your programming skills at home.
  • Have access to a computer with internet access at home or be able to stay after college to use the ICT facilities to complete homework and practice programming skills.

Expected Subject Content

The course will cover the following content:

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

What careers it can lead to after leaving Swanmore College

Software Engineering

Games Testing/Design

Web Design

Computer Programming

Graphic Design

Network Engineers

SIMS Parent

KEY DATES FOR OPTIONS CHOICES

The deadlines below are important to allow the school enough time to check each pupils’ Option choices and prepare timetables for September. 

Parents will need to use the SIMs Parent App or to logon to the SIMs Options Website to select the options for their children. The final deadline for submission of the subject choices is Friday 19 March 2021.

Thursday 11 March 2021 Year 9 Parents Evening 4 pm – 7 pm
Monday 15 March 2021 Year 9 Parents Evening 4 pm – 7 pm
Friday 19 March 2021 Deadline for submission of Options Forms

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