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Key Stage 4 ICT

Students are offered an option at key stage 4 where they can select ICT or GCSE Computing if they choose to.  Students will learn a range of ICT and computing skills which they use extensively and apply to solve real problems.

Cambridge Nationals- National Certificate in ICT (Vocational)

GCSE Computing


The OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT will equip learners with sound ICT skills for everyday use. This will provide them with opportunities to develop transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively. Students will learn transferable skills that are practical and relevant and, furthermore, are needed in future study and the workplace.


This course is technical and suitable for students with strong mathematics skills and a keen interest in computer programming.

GCSE in Computing will enable students to:

  • Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies
  • Understand how the technologies work and apply this knowledge to a range of contexts
  • Understand the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
  • Use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and make informed decisions about the use and implications of different technologies
  • Develop computer programs to solve problems
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs.

Assessment and Examinations (OCR)


The assessment for the qualification is task-based, including a one hour task-based examination based on a pre-release case study.

This qualification is internally assessed by the centre assessors and externally moderated. Students will be expected to complete three practical units of work.

This qualification is graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction, or Distinction*.


Students will be expected to complete two controlled assessments which have a weighting of 60%.

The exam has a total weighting of 40% and upon completion of the course students will receive a GCSE grade A*-G.