Key Stage 4 Computer Science

This is an optional subject.

Contact Time

All pupils will have five lessons each fortnight.

Exam Information

Students will study the OCR Computer Science GCSE course

Computer Science GCSE

GCSE Computer Science content has been designed not only to allow students to build a solid basis of understanding but to get them thinking about real-world application. Throughout the course, students are examined using both examination and practical programming tasks which are assessed through controlled assessment.


Unit 1 - Computer systems – 1.5 hours, written Paper (50% of total GCSE)

Students learn about the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another. Importantly, they will develop their understanding of the impacts of digital technology on the individual and to wider society.

Unit 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming –1.5 hours, written Paper (50% of total GCSE)

Students will be applying the fundamental principles of abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.

Unit 3 - Programming project - Non-Examined Assessment

Students will be designing, writing and debugging programs for a given scenario.