Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR
Your second year in Computer science will include studying the following major topics:
1.    Algorithms
2.    Producing a robust program
3.    Wired and wireless networks
4.    Network topologies, protocols & layers
5.    Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
6.    Databases and SQL
How will you be assessed?
You will be assessed frequently over the year to see how you are developing. Your assessments will allow you to understand the progress you have made and will also help your teacher understand which areas you need extra support with. You will be assessed in a variety of ways but you should definitely expect to be graded based on your programming techniques and the way you analyse programming problems.
You will have a target grade and all your assessments will be used to help you reach or even exceed your target.
Having spent many hours developing your programming skills it should be the time to begin solving a much larger problem for your Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). The NEA is worth 20% of your grade and will require a lot of effort from you. Your will be provided with a scenario and will be asked to solve it within a set time. In this time you must analyse the problem, design a solution, code it, test it, then evaluate it. It’s a large task, but you will be fully prepared for it from the work covered last term.
Your second year completing the NEA will consist of the following stages:
  1. Analysis
  2. Design
  3. Development
  4. Testing
  5. Evaluation