GCSE Computing

This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. The course will give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, you will investigate computer programming, which many computing students find interesting.

GCSE Computing on the OCR exam board is a qualification being offered at Chesterton Community Sports College.  Students can expect to achieve a grade between 9 - 1 which will count as one of their sciences in the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc).

Students should be proficient in Mathematics and English, and have an interest in the technical aspects of computing.  Students should also be willing to solve problems independently

What will I learn?

Content Overview

Assessment Overview

Computer systems

  •   Systems Architecture

  •   Memory

  •   Storage

  •   Wired and wireless networks

  •   Network topologies, protocols and layers

  •   System security

  •   System software

  •   Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computer systems (01)

80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper
(no calculators allowed)

40%

of total GCSE

 

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  •   Algorithms

  •   Programming techniques

  •   Producing robust programs

  •   Computational logic

  •   Translators and facilities of languages

  •   Data representation

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

(02)
80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper
(no calculators allowed)

40%

of total GCSE

 

Programming project 

  •   Programming techniques

  •   Analysis

  •   Design

  •   Development

  •   Testing and evaluation and conclusions

Programming project (03/04)

40 marks Totalling 20 hours

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

20%

of total GCSE

 

With technology ever changing, there is a demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If you want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science, you will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone. Once you have taken a Computing GCSE and you can then progress to study the subject at A Level and then university.

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