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.

New Content Has Arrived!

The final phase of content for the remaining learning episodes on the MOOC is now live. There are new videos supporting the whole course and we have also added new content for controlled assessment. 

Supporting activities, worksheets and teachers resources will be added to the MOOC throughout next week so please keep coming back to review the new material. As always, please do share your feedback with us at [email protected]

 

What is a computer system?
Computers in the modern world
Reliability of computer systems
Professional standards
Ethical & environmental considerations
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 RAM
How RAM affects performance

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

Input and output devices for specific needs
 
Secondary storage
Storage devices

Functions of an OS
Common utility programs
Merits of different software
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
Instructions
Databases and the use of data handling software
DBMS
Tables and entities
Logical operators
Key fields
Validating data
Advantages of networking
Hardware needed to connect to a LAN


 
Client servers and peer to peer networks
Topologies
Differences between a LAN and a WAN
IP addressing, MAC addressing, packet and protocols
Security measures
Network policies

The Internet and hardware
IP addressing of resources
The importance of HTML
Common file standards and compressing files
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
Variables and constants
Data types
Operations on numeric and Boolean data
Arrays

Test data
Syntax and logic errors
Basic string manipulation
Basic file handling operations

Controlled assessment


 


 

Hour of Code Competition Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the Hour of Code competition - Denbigh High School in Luton and Dyke House College who respectively won category one and three of the Hour of Code competition.  Both schools received unanimous voting from the judges and will each receive £500 computing vouchers and a class set of Raspberry Pis for their schools as awards. Please view the winning videos below:

Category 1 - Winners

Denbigh High School



 

Category 3 - Winners

Dyke House College


Newsletter

Keep up-to-date with Cambridge GCSE Computing Online latest news
Unsubscribe from newsletter

Send us your feedback!

We would love to get feedback from you about the resources and the MOOC - what works for you and what we need to work on.

Feedback:*
Email:* If you'd like a response, please provide an email address.
*required fields

News

Markland Hill School girls show off their coding skills at Houses of Parliament
Students at a school in Bolton have joined over 100 schoolgirls to showcase their coding skills at the Houses of Parliament. Girls Get Coding is being launched in the run-up to the new curriculum changes which makes computer coding compulsory and has been organised in response to...
New push to get girls into computer sciences
This week Google has provided us with an early look at how it's trying to change the gender disparity in its own workforce, and in the pipeline of potential workers, by launching a campaign called "Made with Code" in the USA. A website features female role-model...
Getting a head start on new IT curriculum
A brand new curriculum launching this year aims to bring real computer science to pupils as young as five, all the way up to school leavers. As teachers across the country come to terms with the new IT curriculum in England, one school in Portsmouth is getting a head start with...
Cambridge Coding Extravaganza is a major success
The first-ever Cambridgeshire Coding Extravangaza last week saw 70 children aged 9 to 11 (Years 5 and 6) from 11 local schools descend on the Centre for Computing History. At 10 different coding pods, they made fish go disco, Jelly Babies scream, robots’ eyes flash, fireworks...
Ask the Teacher - 2nd June 2014
Welcome to the June edition of the 'Ask the Teacher' sessions. Read to find out about various types of check.
How technology is driving the next wave of film animation
How technology is driving the next wave of film animation The next generation of film animation will rely more heavily on technology and data processing than ever before. A single DreamWorks film, like the soon-to-be-released How to Train Your Dragon 2 , requires as many as 10,000 simultaneous computing cores, and 75 million computing...
Thank you, Basic: developers remember 50 years of creative coding
Thank you, Basic: developers remember 50 years of creative coding It is 50 years since Prof John Kemeny and a student created the programming language Basic at 4am in a New Hampshire basement at Dartmouth College. Their aim was to design a tool that would improve computer literacy in education, a simple, accessible language that anyone could learn...
Animations aim to get kids coding with Shaun the Sheep contest
Animations aim to get kids coding with Shaun the Sheep contest The creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep is encouraging British children to learn to code, with a game-making contest backed by Nominet Trust, the charity that supports social ventures that use digital technology in imaginative and innovative ways. Shaun's...
Ask the Teacher - 12th May 2014
Welcome to the May edition of the 'Ask the Teacher' sessions. Read on to learn about array indexes, pharming, VoIP, chatrooms and more..
More to the new Computing curriculum than just coding
More to the new Computing curriculum than just coding Miles Berry, principal lecturer in computing education at the University of Roehampton and board member of UK ICT subject association Naace, comments on the changes afoot in the move from ICT in the old national curriculum to computing in the new version, coming into effect in...
Computer Science provides code to unlock earning potential
Computer Science provides code to unlock earning potential With computer science set to enter the school curriculum this September, there is a huge swathe of industries — from technology, gaming, robotics, music, artificial intelligence, retail, automotive and more — eager for more specialists to enter the market....
Hour of Code Competition Winners
We are proud to announce the winners of the Hour of Code competition - Denbigh High School in Luton and Dyke House College who respectively won category one and three of the Hour of Code competition.  Both schools received unanimous voting from the judges and will each receive...
Ask the Teacher - 28th April 2014
Welcome to the April edition of the 'Ask the Teacher' sessions. Read on to learn about the concept of flipped classrooms.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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....
Markland Hill School girls show off their coding skills at Houses of Parliament
Students at a school in Bolton have joined over 100 schoolgirls to showcase their coding skills at the Houses of Parliament. Girls Get Coding is being launched in the run-up to the new curriculum changes which makes computer coding compulsory and has been organised in response to...
New push to get girls into computer sciences
This week Google has provided us with an early look at how it's trying to change the gender disparity in its own workforce, and in the pipeline of potential workers, by launching a campaign called "Made with Code" in the USA. A website features female role-model...
Getting a head start on new IT curriculum
A brand new curriculum launching this year aims to bring real computer science to pupils as young as five, all the way up to school leavers. As teachers across the country come to terms with the new IT curriculum in England, one school in Portsmouth is getting a head start with...
Cambridge Coding Extravaganza is a major success
The first-ever Cambridgeshire Coding Extravangaza last week saw 70 children aged 9 to 11 (Years 5 and 6) from 11 local schools descend on the Centre for Computing History. At 10 different coding pods, they made fish go disco, Jelly Babies scream, robots’ eyes flash, fireworks...
Ask the Teacher - 2nd June 2014
Welcome to the June edition of the 'Ask the Teacher' sessions. Read to find out about various types of check.