Building upon the Computer Science GCSE short course taken in Year 9, students have the opportunity to take GCSE Computing. The course focuses on programming, networks and hardware. Students learn the fundamentals of programming but are not expected to be fluent in any specific programming language. At the end of the course students have an understanding of how computers work and are able to develop computer programs to solve problems.
The written paper touches on familiar topics such as parts of the computer but extends into computer networks, how computers store sounds/images and logic gates which are the fundamental building blocks of computers.
Board Set Investigations
Similar to the final programming task but the board will break the task down into clearly set out steps to achieve the final goal. This is intended to prepare students to independently complete the programming task.
Board Set Programming task
The exam board sets three tasks, you must choose one of them. An example task would be to use scratch to make a maze game where the sprite is controlled by the arrow keys.
The course is a new course recently developed by the OCR examination board. It has been developed to give students a more suitable route into the field of Computing than that offered by Computer Science. Although it shares some core knowledge with Computer Science it is a distinct and different GCSE to that covered in the Year 9 short course Computer Science.