82% of students achieved grades 9-4 in GCSE Computer Science last year.

(GCSE exam results 2019)

“In computer science pupils are Attentive and Discerning” (Jesuit Pupil profile)

“Everyone should learn to code, it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs

The most important aspect of computer science is problem solving, an essential skill for life. Students study the design, development and analysis of software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of business, scientific and social contexts.


Mr Elia – Head of Year 7

Key Topics:

Learners take Component 01 and Component 02 to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science. Content Overview

Assessment Overview:

• Systems Architecture

• Memory

• Storage

• Wired and wireless networks

• Network topologies, protocols and layers

• System security

• System software

• Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computer systems (01) 80 marks 1 hour and 30 minutes written paper (no calculators allowed)

50% of total GCSE

Computational  thinking, algorithms and programming

• Algorithms *

• Programming techniques

• Producing robust programs

• Computational logic

• Translators and facilities of languages

• Data representation

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02) 80 marks 1 hour and 30 minutes written paper (no calculators allowed)

50% of total GCSE

* Algorithm questions are not exclusive to Component 02 and can be assessed in either component.

Programming Project

• Programming techniques

• Analysis

• Design

• Development

• Testing and evaluation and conclusions

20 timetabled hours

Formal requirement consolidates the learning across the specification through practical activity.

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