Computer Science

OCR GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science allows students to become familiar with concepts of logical and computational thinking. They will discover the theory behind computing and identify how digital systems work.

The course is made up of three parts

  • J276/01: Computer Systems – Learners willgain an understanding of the theory aspects of the computer system. They will learn about systems architecture, input, output and storage, the CPU, networks, and the ethical, moral and legal issues surrounding computer systems.
  • J276/02: Algorithms and Programming – Learners will become familiar the use of algorithms and will learn to code efficient and robust programs.
  • J276/03: Programming Project–Learners will undertake a programming project that requires them to analyse a situation before designing and developing a solution and testing and evaluating their work.

Units 01 and 02 are assessed externally in an examination at the end of year 11. Unit 03 is assessed in the form of a controlled assessment that is released in September of year 11.

  • J276/01: Computer Systems (examination: 1hr 30mins ) – 40%
  • J276/02: Algorithms and Programming (examination: 1hr 30 mins) – 40%
  • J276/03: Programming Project (Controlled Assessment: 20 hrs)- 20%

OCR A-Level Computer Science

The A-Level in Computer Science allows students to progress from the GCSE and further develop their skills and understanding. The course follows a similar structure to the GCSE but allows students to select their own programming project.

The course is made up of three parts

  • H446/01: Computer Systems –Learners will investigate the characteristics of contemporary processors. They will look at the methods of developing software as well as increasing their knowledge of data types, structures and algorithms.
  • H446/02: Algorithms and Programming – Learners will identify elements of computational thinking and develop a range of algorithms designed to solve problems.
  • H446/03: Programming Project –Learners will choose their own computing problem before analysing the surrounding issues, interviewing the stakeholders and designing a possible solution. They will code and test their solution before evaluating their progress throughout the unit.

Units 01 and 02 are assessed externally in an examination at the end of year 11. Unit 03 is a project that will be undertaken during lessons and in extra-curricular time.

  • H446/01: Computer Systems (examination: 3hrs ) – 40%
  • H446/02: Algorithms and Programming (examination: 3hrs) – 40%
  • H446/03: Programming Project (Project Based)- 20%