GCSE Computer Science (OCR)
In GCSE Computer Science we aim to provide students with essential skills and knowledge to prepare them for the next step in their lives, whether that be further education, training or the workplace. For those that have selected to study a GCSE course, we want them to fully experience an insight into the breadth of knowledge, skills and capabilities a study of GCSE Computer Science provides.
GCSE Computer Science is a discipline that seeks to understand and explore the world around us, both natural and artificial, in computational terms. Information Technology deals with the purposeful application of computer systems to solve real-world problems, including issues such as the identification of business needs, the specification and installation of hardware and software, and the evaluation of usability. It is the productive, creative and explorative use of technology.
GCSE Computer Science will equip learners with a range of computing skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as computation thinking, programming and understanding of real world computing practices as well as working with others and communicating concepts effectively. We aim to challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum. Students will understand and apply the fundamental concepts and principles of Computer Science, analyse problems in computational terms through practical problem solving experiences. The course will enable learners to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. Ensuring they understand the components that make up digital systems and how they communicate with one another. Students will get the opportunity to explore the impacts of digital technology to on individuals and the wider society as well as apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science.
The ‘hands on’ approach that will be required for both teaching and learning has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in digital technology.
In conclusion, GCSE Computer Science provides the required theory and skills, explained through practice to help raise a new generations of skilful, informed and responsible citizens prepared for life in a digital modern Britain.