GCSE Computer Science2018-04-06T11:06:59+00:00

GCSE Computer Science

Computing (OCR)

The Course

The new OCR GCSE Computer Science has taken the best bits from the extremely successful Computing GCSE. It is designed to give you a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.

It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. The Computer Science qualification will value computational thinking, helping you to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. These skills will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at AS and A Level and beyond. The qualification will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.


Component 01: Computer Systems written exam (40% of the total GCSE)

This unit is designed to cover the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory and includes the following topics: System Architecture; Memory; Storage; Networks; Security; Software; Social and Legal aspects of Computing.

Component 02: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming written exam (40% of the total GCSE)

This unit is focussed on the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles and includes the following topics; Algorithms, Low and High Level Programming, Computational Logic and Data Representation.

Component 03: Programming Project controlled assessment (20% of the total GCSE)

This unit is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have learnt to create solutions to computing tasks.

Students will create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the stated problem and then code their solutions in a suitable programming language.

Why choose OCR Computing?

  • It’s a great way to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and to everyday life.
  • Students who want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of computer science will find it provides a superb stepping stone.
  • You can develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work.
  • It offers the chance to develop computer programs to solve problems.
  • It provides an excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on logical skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.