KS4 Computer Science


Subject Staff Leader
Mr G Mitchell – mitchellg@ridgewayschool.com


Name –        GCSE Computer Science
Board –        OCR
Code –         J276


Assessment of Course
Assessment is two exams and a programming project.


Course Content
This exciting course is a natural progression from Year 9 computing lessons and gives you an excellent opportunity to solve problems, investigate how computers work and how they’re used, and to develop computer programming and problem-solving skills.

This three unit course is designed to give you an   in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. Assessment is based on two written exams, and a programming task.

Component 01—Computer Systems (40%) Topics include: Computer hardware, networks, security, system security and moral, social, legal and cultural concerns.
Component 02—Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (40%) Topics include: Algorithms, high and low-level programming, computational logic and data representation.
Component 03—Programming Project (non-exam) (20%) Design, develop, test and evaluate a solution to a problem.

Due to the nature of this course it is only recommended for students who achieve a level 6 or above in Maths and / or Computing by the end of Year 9. All Computing students gain access to DreamSpark where all the software required for the course can be downloaded for free including Windows 7 and 8.


This subject can be taken at A Level without having studied it at GCSE.


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