OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)

OCR GCSE Computer Science topic introductions are not endorsed by OCR. Please refer to the exam board specification to ensure that the full range of topics has been covered.

To access the course material, please click on the link to each section.

​Paper 1 – Computer Systems

The Computer systems exam covers the non-programming theory topics. This is a 1.5 hour written paper that includes multiple choice, short answer, and longer answer questions.

1.1 Systems Architecture

1.2 Memory

1.3 Storage

1.4 Wired & Wireless Networks

1.5 Network Topologies & Protocols

1.6 System Security

  • Forms of Attack
  • Threats Posed to Networks
  • Identifying & Preventing Vulnerabilities

1.7 System Software

1.8 Legal, Ethical, Moral, & Environmental Concerns

Paper 2 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms, & Programming

The Computational Thinking exam covers the programming theory topics. The NEA aspect of the course covers much of this, but you will be required to describe the design and development of programs in writing.

This is a 1.5 hour written paper that includes multiple choice, short answer, and longer answer questions.

2.1 Algorithms

2.2 Programming Techniques

2.3 Producing Robust Programs

2.4 Computational Logic

2.5 Translators & Facilities of Languages

2.6 Data Representation