Computer Science (Spring 2)

In this half term, pupils will be revisiting data representation using images and sound, networking and social engineering. Pupils will then move onto programming, designing, and refining algorithms, defensive design including error trapping

How parents can get involved:

  • Ensure your child is following the revision timetable
  • Ask your child the importance of social engineering within wider society.
  • Ask your child about all types of defensive design.

Computer Science (Spring 1)

Pupils will be covering a range of topics, focussing on threats to computer systems and network, identifying and preventing vulnerabilities. In addition to this pupils will also be covering ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of using computers.

The list below refers to topics which pupils will cover this half term:

  • Malware
  • Social engineering
  • SQL injection
  • Penetration testing
  • Anti-malware software
  • Encryption and Physical security 
  • Data protection and Computer Misuse Act

How parents can get involved:

  • Ensure your child is using the OCR Revision Book and answering questions on the topics in the Workbook, which has exam questions for J277
  • Ask your child What does the term “Social Engineering” mean?

Computer Science (Autumn 2)

Pupils will be covering a range of topics, focussing on Programming. Pupils will analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programmes. Pupils will apply analytical skills and think logically.

The list below are the topics that pupils will cover

  1. Creating algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode
  2. Searching algorithms
  3. Sorting algorithms
  4. 2 dimensional arrays
  5. SQL and records 6.
  6. Syntax and logical errors
  7. Applying abstraction and decomposition to a given scenario

How parents can get involved

  • Purchase Computer Science CGP revision and exam guides (OCR Exam board)
  • Ensure a revision timetable is created and followed

Computer Science (Autumn 1)

Pupils will be covering a range of topics, moving away from programming, pupils will be looking into how to keep the environment safe and how software and computers function.

  1. Operating systems
  2. Utility software
  3. Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impact
  4. Languages
  5. The interactive development environment

How parents can get involved:

  • Purchase Computer Science CGP revision and exam guides (OCR Exam board)
  • Ensure a revision timetable is created and followed