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Computer Science

Subject Overview

Exam Board:OCR

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

 

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE (9–1) Computer Science is relevant to the modern, changing world of computing. It is designed to boost computing skills essential for the 21st Century.  The programming elements of the course require logical and methodical thinking and, therefore, Computer Science is closely aligned to the skills necessary for Mathematics and Science.

The GCSE Syllabus key components are:-

  • Computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence
  • Applying the academic principles they learn in the classroom to real-world systems in an exciting and engaging way
  • Developing programming skills and techniques to solve everyday problems
  • Giving students a clear progression into higher education

Assessment

GCSE 9–1 Computer Science is assessed through two written exams (each worth 40%) and a programming project (worth 20%). We deliver the theory topics through classroom teaching and learners will develop understanding over the two year course.

Additionally, they will develop programming skills during the first year of the course in preparation for the programming project. Once prepared, learners will undertake the Programming Project for 20 hours and sit two formal examinations in the final year of the course.