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GCSE 9-1 AWARD

Mr S Avery

Examination Board : OCR

Cambridge OCR’s GCSE (9–1) specification in Computer Science encourages learners to be inspired, and challenged through completing a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.

The specification will help learners to gain an insight into related sectors. It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices Course objectives

The aims and learning outcomes of the OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science are to enable learners to:

• understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation

• analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs

• think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

• understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems

• understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society

• apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

The Computer Science GCSE examination course followed in key stage four is provided by the OCR syllabus J277.

The Computer Science GCSE provided by OCR is now part of the English Baccalaureate