Computer Science

Computer Science underpins all aspects of modern life from chips in our kitchen to high end research and medical equipment. The advent of Artificial Intelligence and super computers will shape and change our futures in unimaginable ways. The teaching of Computer Science at Maida Vale School is done with the latest in IT equipment in specialist laboratory adjacent to the CAD CAM and Design Technology Workshop. All the lessons are taught by a subject specialist who additionally runs popular after school activities in coding and robotics.

There is also a strong link between the Design Technology and Computer Science Departments at Maida Vale School. The two subjects will often arrange workshops, trips and visits where coding and computers are integral to creativity and design technology. This way our students can see the real world application of the written code. Basic introduction to coding is taught in our Year 7 and it is a popular subject choice for GCSE.

GCSE Computer Science

Examination Board: OCR

GCSE Computing is an exciting subject where Pupils will get an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. They will gain insight into what really goes on behind the scenes in computer programming, which they will find absorbing and rewarding.  This course will teach them critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills. These are transferable skills which can be used across the curriculum and in day-to-day life.

Interest in how computers work; or logical thinking and problem-solving ability will contribute towards subject enjoyment.  A good grasp of Mathematics is essential for success.  Students looking to know more about technology and to produce technological products rather than consume them will find this course inspiring.

Computer Science is an opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of computing with an emphasis on programming and problem-solving.

70% of the exam questions are related to theory and 30% to programming.


Computer Systems

1.1. Systems architecture

1.2 Memory and storage

1.3 Computer networks, connections and protocols

1.4 Network security

Systems software

1.5 Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology

Written paper: 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of total

80% marks

This is a non-calculator paper. Questions are Mandatory

This paper consists of multiple choice questions, short response questions and extended response questions

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

2.1 Algorithms

2.2 Programming fundamentals

2.3 Producing robust programs

2.4 Boolean logic

2.5 Programming languages and Integrated Development Environments

Written Paper: 1hr, 30mins

50% of total GCSE

80 marks

This is a non-calculator paper. This paper has two sections: A & B. Students must answer both sections. All questions are mandatory. In section B, questions assessing a students ability to write/refine algorithms must be answered using either the OCR Exam Reference Language or the high-level programming language they are familiar with.