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We are pleased to announce that our new GCSE (9-1) Computer Science qualification is accredited for first teaching in 2016.
Our GCSE (9-1) Computer Science builds on our pioneering qualification development in this field. Relevant to the modern, changing world of computing, it’s designed to boost computing skills essential for 21st century.
Engaging and contemporary – We’ve talked to companies like Microsoft, Google and Cisco, organisations like Computing At School (CAS), plus teachers and academics.
Focus on cyber security – It looks at phishing, malware, firewalls and people as the ‘weak point’ in secure systems, which students will study for the first time at this level.
A greater emphasis on ‘computational thinking’ – We’ve partnered with a specialist education technology company, Codio, to provide you with a cloud based programming and course content platform where students can learn the theory and apply it in real life situations, in any computing language.
Encourages mental versatility – Students use their new-found programming skills on an independent coding project by solving a real-world problem of their choice.
Support and guidance – You have access to outstanding resources, including Codio’s platform to help you enhance your own computer science knowledge and skills.
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Accredited specification for the new GCSE (9–1) Computer Science qualification.
A brief guide for teachers, introducing the accredited GCSE (9-1) Computer Science qualification.
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This document provides the teacher with a worked example of a code challenge.
This lesson element covers the core theory needed for teaching algorithms such as abstraction and decomposition.
This lesson element covers the core theory needed for teaching algorithms such as abstraction and decomposition. These lesson elements include lots of useful tasks and activities to help deliver this important topic.
This lesson element offers a series of tasks and activities that help learners understand computational logic and how it relates to how data is used in computer systems.
These lesson elements teacher instructions offer a series of tasks and activities that help learners understand computational logic and how it relates to how data is used in computer systems.
An ‘all in one’ lesson solution that will allow teachers to deliver the new GCSE Computer Science content to their classes. The pack contains both teacher’s and learners’ resources, which may be freely customised to suit learners’ needs as required.
This document compares all the subject content from J275 to the new J276, highlighting where the content is the same or new and what isn't included in the new specification.
This document lists the 20 code challenges that can be used in the classroom.
This is a Word template to allow the learner to work through the code challenge.
This guide shows the teacher the format that pseudocode will appear in the examined components.
OCR has endorsed or recommended the following resources for use with this specification. For more information about endorsed or recommended resources, visit our endorsement page. Note: OCR is not responsible for the contents of third party sites.
Written by an experienced teacher and assessment leader, our new GCSE Computer Science resources support teachers with the delivery of the new specification, and the navigation from ICT to Computer Science. Using an exciting and engaging approach, these publisher partner resources will help students master underlying computing principles and develop their computational thinking, programming and problem-solving skills.
Publication date: April 2016
Build student confidence and ensure successful progress through GCSE Computer Science. Our expert authors provide insight and guidance to meet the challenges of the new OCR specification, with challenging tasks and activities to test the computational skills and knowledge that students require for successful preparation for their assessments, and advice that could help towards successful completion of the non-examined assessment.
Publication date: May 2016