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Computing

Years 10 & 11

Subject

Computer Science

Exam Board

AQA

Course Specification Link

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-GCSE-COMPSCI-W-SP.PDF

Course Overview

 

 

 

Year 10

In Year 10 pupils learn basics of Computer Science as well as an introduction to programming. Programming is taught using Python. During terms 5 and 6 pupils sit a piece of controlled assessment worth 30% of the overall grade. Students are given a scenario to work towards with a problem to solve and document.

Year 11

In Year 11 students cover topics such as hardware and software, Computer Systems, Databases and the Use of Computing with Society. This is used to sit an exam during the exam period at the end of the year.

Pupils also sit a second piece of controlled assessment based on a scenario within Year 11. This includes solving and documenting a problem given to them by the exam board.

Assessment

Component 1 – Practical Programming

2 pieces of controlled assessment set across the 2 years. Worth 60% of the marks overall. This is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2 – Computing Fundamentals

Exam at the end of year 11 – 1hr 30 mins worth 40% of the overall mark. This is externally marked.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout the 2 years extra-curricular clubs offered include:

Programming club

Trips and other activities will be available on a year by year basis.