Computer Science


Subjects Overall Aim

Students who select to undertake a GCSE in Computer Science (J276 1-9) will undertake a two year course, which is designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental principles, concepts and applications of Computer Science such as; logic, algorithms, and data representations, designing, writing and debugging programs and the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.


Computer Science KS4 Curriculum (Year 10-11)

The OCR Computer Science course is made up of 3 compulsory components (2 external examinations that are compulsory and the choice of 1 internally moderated controlled assessment):

Component 1 (J276/1): Computer systems – Externally set written examination  40% of total GCSE mark      

This component will introduce students to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. Students also will become familiar with the impact of computer technology in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with the advancement of computers.

Component 2 (J276/2): Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – Externally set written examination  40% of total GCSE mark

This component incorporates and builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in Component 01, encouraging students to apply this knowledge and understanding using computational thinking. Students will be introduced to algorithms, programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation. Through the completion this component students will become familiar with computing related mathematics.

Component 3/4 (J276/3/4): Non Exam Assessment (NEA) programming project – Internally moderated controlled assessment 20% of total GCSE mark

OCR will issue three assessment tasks at the start of the terminal academic year of assessment. The tasks will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills outlined in the specification. Learners will need to create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the problems identified in the task. They will then code their solutions in a suitable programming language.

Examination Arrangements

Assessment in Year 10 will consist of skills based content and learning. Component 3/4 controlled assessment will be completed at the Beginning of year 11, while Component 2 and 3, exams will take place at the end of 11 during the examination period.


This course provides a sound basis for students with an interest in a future career, in IT, network engineering, app/game development, digital marketing and website design.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students have a variety of additional learning opportunities such as a trip to the science and technology museum, as well as the chance to partake in British Informatics Olympic (which is the national computing competition for schools and colleges).


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