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GCSE Computer Science

Curriculum Overview

The most important aspect of computer science is problem solving, an essential skill for life. Students study the design, development and analysis of software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of situations.

OCR Computer Science equips students with the required practical and theoretical knowledge that would underpin a career in computer science. The skills of logical thinking, decomposition and algorithmic thinking are applicable to everyday life and will enable students to fulfil their wider personal life journeys. The course covers a wide range of computer science knowledge from the ethics of computers to the understanding of how data is transferred around a network.

How will I be assessed?

Final assessment takes place in May of Year 11 with paper 1 and paper 2 accounting
for 50% each of the final mark.

The GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science is a linear qualification with a 100% terminal rule. There are two externally examined components weighted at 50% each.

Each examined component consists of an exam paper with a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes. Learners must take both components. 

Important Overview Documents

Curriculum Rationale
Key Learning Steps
Year 10 Road Map
Year 11 Road Map


Computer Systems

Knowledge Organiser
Personal Learning Checklist
Practice Questions

Algorithims and Programming

Knowledge Organiser
Personal Learning Checklist
Practice Questions

Useful Links

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