GCSE Computer Science

About the course

This Level 2 GCSE, studied at Years 10 and 11, introduces students to a wide range of areas relating to computer science. Computer scientists design and develop software to solve problems across a broad array of industries, including science, engineering and health care. You will begin to understand how computer systems work and to develop computational thinking skills, built on a sound base of conceptual learning and understanding.

Overview of units

Computer Systems

  • Systems architecture, memory and storage
  • Networks
  • System Security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal and environmental concerns

Computational thinking

  • Algorithms
  • Programming
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and languages
  • Data representation

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for starting this course.


The course is assessed through two written exams (each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes) and a programming project. Paper 1 assesses topics relating to computer systems and Paper 2 assesses content from the computational thinking part of the course. The programming project is a controlled assessment looking at programming techniques, design, analysis, testing and evaluation. You will be graded according to the OCR Linear 9-1 GCSE system.

Where you can go next

This qualification can lead to further, more specialised study in subjects involving computer and information technology. Following a path of computer science can lead you to a wide range of career paths. In this digital age, virtually all industries use computer programmes, so you will be studying an area with excellent employability opportunities.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the OCR website.

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