Computer Science (GCSE)

Course description

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science will encourage learners to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Content Overview

Assessment Overview

Computer systems

· Systems Architecture

· Memory

· Storage

· Wired and wireless networks

· Network topologies, protocols and layers

· System security

· System software

· Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computer systems (01)

 

80 marks

 

1 hour and 30 minutes

 

Written paper

 

(no calculators allowed)

40% of total GCSE

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

· Algorithms

· Programming techniques

· Producing robust programs

· Computational logic

· Translators and facilities of languages

· Data representation

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)

 

80 marks

 

1 hour and 30 minutes Written paper

 

(no calculators allowed)

40% of total GCSE

Programming project

· Programming techniques

· Analysis

· Design

· Development

· Testing and evaluation and conclusions

Programming project (03/04)

 

40 marks Totalling

 

20 hours

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

20% of total GCSE

Career paths

·       Database administrator

·       Games developer

·       Information systems manager

·       IT consultant

·       Multimedia programmer

·       Network engineer

·       Systems analyst

·       Systems developer