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Students choose from three options at KS4:

  1. OCR Computing
  2. Edexcel CIDA
  3. Edexcel Business Studies

If students decide they do not want to choose Computing or CIDA they will have the opportunity and will be encouraged to complete the  ECDL qualification as an extra course to their timetabled lessons.  This will ensure that all students leave our school with a ICT/Computing GCSE to ensure they are fully prepared for the world of work or further education.

  1. OCR Computing

Students who choose to study Computing at GCSE will benefit because:

  • The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
  • The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science.
  • 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
  • The course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas such as engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

The Computing GCSE comprises of three units:

Unit A451: Computer systems and programming – 40% Examination

This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.

Unit A452: Practical investigation – 30% Controlled Assessment

An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, Controlled assessment which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.

Unit A453: Programming Project– 30% Controlled Assessment

Students will need to:

  • Understand standard programming techniques
  • Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to:

o    Develop suitable algorithms

o   Design suitable input and output formats

o   Identify suitable variables and structures

o   Identify test procedures.

  • Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
  • Test their solution:

o   To show functionality

o   To show how it matches the design criteria

o   Identifying successes and any limitations.

  1. Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) Edexcel Level 2

This qualification aims to:

  • Equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make, effective digital products for others to use.
  • Enable young people to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain.
  • Foster young people’s creativity and develop their independent learning skills.
  • Challenge young people to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence.
  • Increase young people’s awareness of their responsibilities in the digital world and their respect of other people’s rights.
  • Equip young people with professional, real-world skills in planning, project management and communication.
  • Give young people the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries.

The CiDA course comprises of two units:

Unit 1 – Mandatory Unit  – 25% Developing Web Products 2.5hr practical computer based examination

Unit 4 – Optional Unit – 75%

Game Making comprising of a internally assessed Controlled Assessment

  1. Business Studies

GCSE qualifications in business should encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. The course should prepare students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

Qualifications in business subjects enable students to:

  • actively engage in the study of business and economics to develop as effective and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts and opinions, to build arguments and make informed judgements.
  • develop and apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to contemporary issues in a range of local, national and global contexts
  • appreciate the range of perspectives of different stakeholders in relation to business and economic activities
  • consider the extent to which business and economic activity can be ethical and sustainable

GCSE Business Communications is divided into three units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Small Business – 45 minutes multiple-choice examination

Unit 2 – Investigating Small Business – Controlled Assessment

Unit 4 – Business Communications – 1hour 30 min written examination

The content of each unit is outlined below:

Units 1 & 2 Unit 4
Spotting a business opportunity Communication
Showing enterprise Communication with stakeholders
Putting a business idea into practice Business Communication tools
Making the start up effective Communicating via the web
Understanding the economic context



At KS3 details are included in the linked Computing Information KS3 document







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