Curriculum – KS4 ICT Computer Science

Why Choose GCSE Computer Science?

Have you ever wondered how your favourite apps and games work? Here is your opportunity. The GCSE Computer Science course will give you the skills to create interactive programs, develop problem solving skills as well as giving you the opportunity to work as a team. The skills you will learn will be transferrable to other subjects and even apply in day-to-day life.


Course Content

Three main areas of study:

  • The programming project will call on you to design, code and test a solution to tasks using a suitable programming language.
  • How computers and digital devices work.
  • Application of computer science principles.

Exam Board – OCR Final Grade – GCSE Grades 1-9
Structure of Assessment
Component 1 – Computer systems (50%)
1 hour 30 minutes (exam)
The first component is an exam focused on computer systems covering the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory.
Component 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (50%)
1 hour 30 minutes (exam)
This component is focused on the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles.
Component 3 – Programming project
Approx 20 hours
(Controlled assessment)
This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned.