Welcome to Cambridge GCSE
Computing Online

ERA 2014 Finalist
This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been created by the Cambridge-based partnership of exam board OCR, Cambridge University Press (CUP) and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The course is based on OCR’s GCSE Computing curriculum and gives participants an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work, how they are used, and to develop computer programming and problem-solving skills. The course has been designed for 14-16 year olds; but is free and open to all, and can be used either as a course or a resource to support teachers.
 
The course is running now; it has no start or end date.
 
Content will be released on a phased basis with all learning episodes available from April 2014. We want to learn as we go along and welcome your feedback. We see this phase as a shared experience and will take on learner and teacher feedback to adapt, tailor and carve the way forward to phase 3.

New Content has Arrived!

The videos and activities on the MOOC are being built progressively through to a final completion date of April 2014.
 
More Phase 2 content is now available! See the table below for our updated content.

The Phase 2 material has been developed in a new format - taking on board user feedback, the videos are now supported by accompanying questions on a separate page. This allows for more efficient learning and knowledge reinforcement for both learners and teachers alike. As always, please do share your feedback with us [email protected]

We have more content arriving in April 2014, watch this space!
 

What is a computer system?
Reliability of computer systems
Professional standards
Legal considerations

Purpose and function of the CPU
The fetch execute cycle

Clock speed
Cache memory - speeding up execution
CPU cores

Binary data
Logic gates AND, OR, NOT
Truth tables
The difference between RAM and ROM
The need for ROM
The need for virtual memory
Cache memory
Flash memory and changes in memory technologies

The need for input and output devices
Input and output devices for a range of situations

 
Secondary storage
Storage devices

Common utility programs
Definitions of units
Binary format
Converting positive denary whole numbers
Adding 8-bit binary numbers
Hexadecimal numbers

The use of binary codes to represent characters
Character sets
Images
Metadata in images
Sound
Databases and the use of data handling software
DBMS
Tables and entities

Logical operators
Key fields
Validating data


 
Client servers and peer to peer networks
Topologies

Differences between a LAN and a WAN
IP addressing, MAC addressing, packet and protocols

The Internet and hardware
IP addressing of resources

The importance of HTML

Algorithms in pseudocode and flow diagrams
High level code and machine code
Tour of an IDE
Sequence in an algorithm
Selection in an algorithm
Iteration, basic programming constructs and loops
Test data
Syntax and logic errors
Basic string manipulation
Basic file handling operations


 


 

Thank you for helping to make the MOOC!


Thank you to everyone who participated in our 'Help to make the MOOC' competition. The competition is now closed and the judges are currently reviewing the entries. Winners from the various categories will be announced in April 2014. 

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Thank you for helping to make the MOOC!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 'Help to make the MOOC' competition. The competition is now closed and the judges are currently reviewing the entries. Winners from the various categories will be announced in April 2014.  
Ask the Teacher - 17th March 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of our 'Ask the Teacher' sessions. Read to find out about programming languages and the concept of 4D printing.
Help to make the MOOC competition
Many thanks for all of your entries to our 'Help to make the MOOC' competition. 

Finalists will be announced in April 2014.
Help to make the MOOC!
The Cambridge-based partnership of global schools publisher Cambridge University Press, exam board OCR, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation today launched their Hour of Code: Cambridge GCSE Computing Competition.   The competition, which was inspired by the national...
Ask the Teacher - 24th February 2014
Thanks for the questions sent in for this 'Ask the Expert' session.

To find out about batch files and more about the course, read on...
Education Resources Awards 2014 - Finalist!
Education Resources Awards 2014 - Finalist! We are happy to announce that Cambridge GCSE Computing Online has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s, 2014, Education Resources Awards (ERA).
Bett 2014 - Round Up
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who visited our stand during the Bett show and for the enthusiasm we are seeing for the MOOC. This was our very first exhibition which was a great success. Our MOOC kicked off well with a mention by the Education Secretary...
Education Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EICE)
 27 th & 28 th February 2014 We will be exhibiting at the EICE event this year, visit us on stand E1 to speak to our experts on Computing and IT qualifications. The highlights of the show will include:   On stand demonstrations from Raspberry Pi partners and computing...
Upcoming Events – March 2014
Cambridge University is organising a number of science related events which are open to all. See what’s on and get involved!
Ask the Teacher - 10th February 2014
Thanks for the questions sent in for this 'Ask the Expert' session.

To find out about computing jobs, solar power, computer batteries and more, read on...
MathWorks
MathWorks Dr Tanya Morton manages the application engineering team at MathWorks and describes her work with computing.
Bill Gates explains If statements
Bill Gates explains If statements Bill Gates explains If statements using zombies. We love that.
Wanted: People with skills!
Wanted: People with skills! Many new technology jobs, not enough people with skills... read more here.
Ask the Teacher - 11th December 2013
Thanks for the questions sent in for this 'Ask the Expert' session.

Assembly language, pixels and CPUs - read on!
‘Being a Tech Geek is Cool’
‘Being a Tech Geek is Cool’ Young, outgoing and above all, cool! Yes, that is the description of a Tech Geek. 14-year-old Zea is looking to change outdated perceptions on technology and computing.
Bett awards 2014 – finalists!
Bett awards 2014 – finalists! We’re excited to announce that Cambridge GCSE Computing Online has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2014 Bett Awards. Part of the annual education technology event The Bett Show, the Bett Awards highlight the best and most innovative new products in learning technology.  ...
Ask the Teacher - 11th November 2013
Thanks for the questions sent in for this 'Ask the Expert' session.

Two languages or not, and a question on algorithms - read on!
Ask the Teacher - 28th October 2013
Thanks for the questions sent in for this 'Ask the Expert' session.

To find out more about Visual Basics and learning databases, read on...
Ask the Teacher - 14th October 2013
Thanks for the questions sent in for this first 'Ask the Expert' session.

For the first questions and responses, read on...
Simon Peyton Jones - Microsoft Research
Simon Peyton Jones - Microsoft Research Simon Peyton Jones is the chairman of Computing At School, a Microsoft researcher, Honorary Professor and all round computing inspiration.
Zoe Cunningham and colleagues, Softwire
Zoe Cunningham and colleagues, Softwire Building digital product for education takes many different skills. Zoe is Managing Director of Softwire, a UK-based software development company. Here she and some of her colleagues talk about their jobs, what took them down the tech career path, as well as its...
Paul Farnworth and team, Haremi
Paul Farnworth and team, Haremi Building digital product for education takes many different skills. Paul is the founder of Haremi, an award-winning digital publishing company specialising in educational products. Watch the video to meet the members of the team and find out how computing plays a part in...
Michael Cowell, Samsung
Michael Cowell, Samsung Smart is getting smarter. Smart phones keep getting smarter, but not without technology experts. Watch this to get a taste of what it’s like working at the cutting-edge of mobile development.  
Sara Haider and Dana Contreras, Twitter
Sara Haider and Dana Contreras, Twitter Coding for communication. Ever wondered about the people behind the social networks? In this film, Sara and Dana talk about what it’s like to be part of Twitter. If you love solving problems and being creative, this one’s for you.  
Sanjay Dubey, Linkedin
Sanjay Dubey, Linkedin Ever find the idea of launching your work to 30 million people intimidating? Ask Sanjay. Sanjay is Principal Software Engineer at Linkedin. In this interview he talks about what it’s like to be building leading-edge technologies for millions of people.   
Jessi Baker, Design Technologist
Jessi Baker, Design Technologist Thought Computing  wasn't creative? Think again. ​Jessi Baker is a Design Technologist in the communications industry who has worked on lots of different projects with a whole range of people, including Will-i-am. In this video she explains her belief that the future...
Ian Buchanan, COO, Barclaycard
Ian Buchanan, COO, Barclaycard As Chief Operating Officer,  Ian is responsible for leading Barclaycard’s technology teams around the world. Here he talks about how vital computer science is in the development of contactless payments, apps, and in moving money from one account to another....
Launching 'Ask the Teacher'
Our first Ask the Teacher session is on October 14th 2013. Please submit any topic-related questions you have to us, and an expert teacher will answer a selection of them on that date.
Thank you for helping to make the MOOC!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 'Help to make the MOOC' competition. The competition is now closed and the judges are currently reviewing the entries. Winners from the various categories will be announced in April 2014.  
Ask the Teacher - 17th March 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of our 'Ask the Teacher' sessions. Read to find out about programming languages and the concept of 4D printing.
Help to make the MOOC competition
Many thanks for all of your entries to our 'Help to make the MOOC' competition. 

Finalists will be announced in April 2014.
Help to make the MOOC!
The Cambridge-based partnership of global schools publisher Cambridge University Press, exam board OCR, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation today launched their Hour of Code: Cambridge GCSE Computing Competition.   The competition, which was inspired by the national...
Ask the Teacher - 24th February 2014
Thanks for the questions sent in for this 'Ask the Expert' session.

To find out about batch files and more about the course, read on...