GCSE Computing (OCR)

This course, which is part of the English Baccalaureate, gives students a real, in depth understanding of how computer technology works and offers an insight into what goes on “behind the scenes”, including computer programming. Studying GCSE Computing is a great way to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and to everyday life. The course will provide a stepping-stone to students who want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of computer science.



Unit 1: Computer systems and programming (written exam – 40%)

This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems.

Unit 2: Practical investigation (controlled assessment – 30%)

You will complete an investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.

Unit 3: Programming project (controlled assessment – 30%)

ou will learn to:

  • Understand standard programming techniques
  • Design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to:
    • Develop suitable algorithms
    • Design suitable input and output formats
    • Identify suitable variables and structures
    • Identify test procedures.
  • Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
  • Test your solution:
    • To show functionality

    • To show how it matches the design criteria

    • Identifying successes and any limitations