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Computer Science

Computer Science

Examination Board: OCR                                              

Specification code: J276


The content for OCR GCSE Computer Science has been designed to meet the demands of a modern and evolving computer science industry and educational sphere.


Component title

Content overview

1. Computer Systems


·                     Systems architecture

·                     Memory

·                     Storage

·                     Wired and wireless networks

·                     Network topologies, protocols and layers

·                     System security

·                     Systems software

·                     Moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

2. Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming


·                     Algorithms

·                     Programming techniques

·                     Producing robust programs

·                     Computational logic

·                     Translators and facilities of languages

·                     Data representation

3. Programming Project


·                     Programming techniques

·                     Analysis

·                     Design

·                     Development

·                     Testing and evaluation and conclusions



The assessment consists of two written examinations and an externally moderated non-exam assessment.

Unit 1             - written exam, 1½ hours, 40% of total GCSE

Unit 2             - written exam, 1½ hours, 40% of total GCSE

Project            - controlled assessment, 40 hours, 20% of total GCSE.


Mrs E Machin BA (Hons)