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Computer Science

Course: OCR GCSE in Computing

Controlled Assessment

Programming Project:

Controlled assessment Programming task. Design, develop and test a solution to a problem within the OCR-set scenario.

40 marks (worth 20%)


Paper 1 - Computer systems:

This paper covers the body of knowledge about computer systems, architecture, storage, networking & security.

1 hour 30 minutes written paper.
80 marks (worth 40%)

Paper 2 - Computational thinking:

This paper covers algorithms, programming techniques, logic & data representation.

80 marks (worth 40%)

Course Description

Examination aspect - Students will need to:

  • This component will introduce learners to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software.
  • It is expected that learners will become familiar with the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science

Programming Project - Students will need to:

  • Understand standard programming techniques
  • Be able to design a coded solution to a problem
  • Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
  • Test their solution

Department Statement

The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on "behind the scenes", including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

Whether you want to discover the secrets of the universe or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.
Stephen Hawking


Computing and Computer Science are fast growing industries and the technology is always adapting to meet different needs. This opens the door to many different job roles from IT support to Game Testers and Programmers. This industry is the highest paid and the average salary for jobs in computing is £37,500

For more information contact Mr R Greasley