Home » Year 10 & 11 Curriculum » GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science

Awarding Body : OCR

Overview of Course

This course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It will give them an insight into what goes on “behind the scenes”, including computer programming.

Students will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving a fun and interesting way of developing these skills which can be transferred to other subjects.

Content and Assessment

Computer Systems and Programming Written exam (40%) (1 hour 30 mins)

  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Computer hardware
  • Software
  • Representation of data in computer systems
  • Databases
  • Computer communications and networking
  • Programming

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming Controlled assessment (30%)

  • An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR which assesses: research, technical understanding, analysis of problems, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills and recommendation/evaluation.

Programming Project Controlled assessment (20% non-exam)

  • Understand standard programming techniques
  • Be able to design a coded solution to a problem
  • Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
  • Test their solution to show functionality, how it matches the design criteria and identify successes and limitations.

Career Links

The study of Computer Science at GCSE may lead to employment opportunities such as: Programming, Games Design, Cryptography, Computer Forensics, Data Analyst, Web Technologies