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Computer Science




Exam Board



GCSE Computer Science allows students to study a mixture of theory (in order to understand the enduring principles and abstract concepts of computer science), and computational thinking and practice (to learn how to solve problems, write efficient code and build working systems). It provides opportunities for students to explore the wider social and ethical issues associated with computer science and to develop as responsible practitioners. This course is best suited to students who enjoy coding, developing computer programs and learning about the theoretical side of computers. 


The GCSE Computer Science qualification is split into three components of practical programming, computational thinking and computing fundamentals: 

  • Component 1 - Computer Systems (40% of qualification)

The first component is an exam focused on computer systems covering the physical elements of Computer Science and the associated theory

  • Component 2 - Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (40% of qualification)

This component is focused on the core theory of computer science and the application of Computer Science principles

  • Component 3 - Programming Project (non-exam assessment) (20% of qualification)

This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned

Component Title

Component Overview

Computer Systems

· Systems architecture
· Memory
· Storage
· Wired and wireless networks
· Network topologies, protocols and layers
· Network security
· System software
· Moral, social, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computation Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

· Translators and facilities of languages
· Algorithms
· High and low-level programming
· Computation logic
· Data representation

Programming Project

· Programming techniques
· Design
· Development
· Effectiveness and efficiency
· Technical understanding
· Testing, evaluation and conclusions

Revision Guides

  • GCSE Computer Science for OCR Student Book - ISBN 978-131-65404031 (Cambridge University Press)
  • OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science - ISBN 978-191-0523087 (PG Online)
  • OCR GCSE Computer Science - ISBN 978-147-1866142 (Hodder Education)


Post-16 Choices

Students may progress on to study A-Level Computer Science where they can further develop their computational thinking and programming skill sets. Computer Science as a subject is looked upon highly by many universities and is highly regarded by Russell Group universities for many of their more academic subjects such as Medicine, Physics and of course Computer Science.


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