Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR

GCSE Computer Science is relevant to the modern, changing world of computing. This qualification is designed to boost computing skills essential for the 21st Century, in addition to providing transferable skills for future study and employment. GCSE Computer Science counts towards the English Baccalaureate.

Throughout the course there is a continued focus on cyber security, where students will learn about phishing, malware, firewalls and people as the ‘weak point’ in secure systems.

There is also a large emphasis on ‘computational thinking’, where students will learn to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.

GCSE Computer Science enables learners to develop valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace. 

The specification has been designed to seamlessly transition into Computer Science at A-Level and can lead to careers in computer and electronics design, many varieties of programming as well as computer games development.

Assessment

Systems architecture
Written examination (50%)
1 hour 30 minutes

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
Written examination (50%) 
1 hour 30 minutes