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Computer Science

OCR Computing GCSE

The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Students who’ve taken a GCSE in Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

The course weighting are continually being adapted but usually there is a small programming project and two exams


VCERT Interactive Media

.This qualification aims to:

  • focus on an applied study of the interactive media industry
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a significant core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.


The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • use a range of primary and secondary sources to develop ideas
  • develop personal responses to artistic themes and design briefs
  • determine areas of interest and skill for progression to further courses of study or employment. Throughout the delivery of this qualification, the following core areas and transferable skills should be evident:
  • creativity skills
  • exploratory and investigation skills
  • ICT skills including: - an understanding of interactive media software packages, platforms and hardware - an understanding of image types and file types - an understanding of internet technologies and capabilities
  • communication skills
  • problem solving skills
  • time management skills
  • health and safety skills in relation to interactive media.