Computer Science

Course specification: OCR GCSE Computer Science (9-1) 0984

This is a newly modernised course. Computer Science is relevant to the modern and changing world and is a practical subject where learners can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems.

Computer Science imageIt is a creative subject that involves invention and values computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so.

The specification is split into two components:

  • Component 1: Theory of computer science- Written paper (60%), 1 hour and 45 minutes. The first component covers the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory. Topics such as data representation, computer systems architecture, computer memory, systems software, security and network topologies are covered.
  • Component 2: Practical problem-solving and programming (40%), 1 hour and 45 minutes. This component focuses on the application of computer science principles. Topics included are algorithms, programming techniques, data structures, computational logic and databases. In lessons we will be learning programming techniques using Python, a programming language widely used and supported in education and freely available for pupils to download and use at home.

Key skills

  • An ability to interpret and analyse problems and generate strategies to solve them
  • A logical approach to finding a solution
  • An enquiring mind

These skills will be excellent preparation for learners who want to go on to study Computer Science at AS and A Level, and beyond. The qualification will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills and particularly the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.