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Computer Science

Subject Overview

Exam Board:OCR


GCSE Computer Science

GCSE 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.

Students with a passion for emerging technologies such as aerospace, autonomous vehicles, robotics, cyber security and artificial intelligence, or those interested in computing infrastructure, will be attracted to studying the Computer Science GCSE.

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


GCSE Computer Science is assessed through two written exams (each worth 50%) and a 20 hour programming project. We deliver the theory topics through classroom teaching and learners will develop understanding over the two year course.