Creative Computing & Media (Computer Science) - Year 11

  • Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel
  • 2 x 2 hour exam (80%) and 1 Controlled Assessment task (20%)
  • Number of lessons a fortnight: 5

  • The exams consist of multiple-choice, short open response and extended open response answer questions. Students will be expected to develop a computer program; designing, write, test, and refine it during a controlled assessment period.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Topic 1 / Problem Solving 
Students are expected to develop a set of computational thinking skills that enable them to understand how computer Systems work, and design, implement and analyse algorithms for solving problems.  

Controlled Assessment  
Topic 2 / Programming 
Learning to program is a core component of a computer science course. Students should be competent at designing, reading, writing and debugging programs. They must be able to apply their skills to solve real problems and produce robust programs. Students should interpret error messages and identify, locate and fix errors in a program.  

Controlled Assessment  
Topic 3 / Data 
Students are expected to learn how different types of data are represented in a computer. They must understand hexadecimal notation and be able to convert between hexadecimal and binary. They will learn how computers encode images and sound and the limitations of binary representation of Data. They will understand the concept of a stored program and the role of components of the CPU in the fetch-decode-execute cycle. As well as developing their own assembly code on a virtual CPU model.  

Topic 4 / Computers 
Students must be familiar with the hardware and software components that make up a computer system and recognise that computers take many forms from embedded microprocessors to distributed clouds.  

Topic 5 / Communication and the Internet 
Students should understand the key principles behind the organisation and of computer networks. They will learn how to protect software systems from cyberattacks, including considerations at the design stage, audit trails, securing operating systems, code reviews to remove code vulnerabilities in programming languages and bad programming practices, modular testing and effective network security provision.  

Topic 6 / The Bigger Picture 
Students should be aware of the influence of computing technology and recognise that computing has an impact on nearly every aspect of the world in which they live. Becoming more aware of ethical and legal issues arising from the use of computers as well as current and emerging trends in computing technology.  


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