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Computing has real relevance in our modern world. While learners will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, the courses will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”.


Through the study of computing and programming, the learners are helped to develop:

Critical thinking


Problem solving skills


For many, it will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this way, computing will stimulate interest and engagement with technology and technology-related careers.  


At GCSE option the pupils follow the OCR GCSE course including fundamentals of computer systems, inputs and outputs, secondary storage devices, databases, programming and networking. There is a substantial area of mathematical understanding required with regards to binary, hexadecimal, indices and computer processor instruction systems as well as the mathematics involved in programming.


The GCSE course is assessed on three units:


Unit A451 Computer systems and programming 

Written paper: 

Candidates answer all questions. 

1.5 hours 

80 marks 

40% of the qualification 

Candidates answer all questions. Question Paper includes a mixture of short and long answer questions, some of which will require candidates to write program code. 


Unit A452 Practical investigation 

Controlled assessment: 

An investigative task 

Approx 20 hours 

45 marks 

30% of the qualification 

Candidates carry out a practical investigation of a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR. 


Unit A453 Programming project 

Controlled assessment: 

Approx 20 hours 

45 marks 

30% of the qualification 

Candidates create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR