GCSE Computing Science

What will I learn and why choose the subject?

The OCR GCSE in Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students will also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

How will I be assessed?

There are three units and each has its own assessment:


  • 90 minute written examination paper worth 50% of the qualification.


  • 90 minute written examination paper worth 50% of the qualification.


  • Controlled assessment of approximately 20 hours to further cement the theory studied in Computational thinking, algorithms and programming. This is not marked but has to be undertaken and evidenced.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to deal with the complexities of the course, in particular the logic skills, you need to be in the top 2 sets for mathematics. Exceptions can be made for those with good programming experience, in consultation with the Head of ICT & Computing

Is there anything else I need to know?

Computing Science is a tough and challenging subject. WIthin the first few lessons you will dive straight in to computer programming, which you many find challenging but hopefully fascinating. The computing science qualification enables you to:

  • develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies, how they work and then apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts
  • acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming;
  • use your knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about its use, and aware of the implications of different technologies;
  • acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts; and develop computer programs to solve problems..

Exam board information: OCR



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