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All Your Questions Regarding GCSE Computer Science

What is GCSE?

The General Certificate of Secondary Education is an academic qualification in a particular subject, taken in
England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

How many GCSEs can students sit?

Students can take as many GCSEs as they want but most students will take 9-10 GCSEs, and students will need minimum grade 5 to progress to A-Level.

At what age can you sit the GCSE?

You can sit the GCSE at any age. We have had students as young as 11 and students reaching the age of 70.

How do the grade boundaries work(0-9)?

GCSEs are graded 0-9, 0 being the lowest and 9 being the highest. At School of Coding, we have a 100% pass rate which is 5 and above but at School of Coding, all of our students have received grades 7-9.

Where Will My Child Sit the GCSE Examination?

School of Coding is now an OCR Certified Centre, so students can sit their exam at School of Coding. Students can usually sit their GCSE exams at their local exam centre which will most likely be schools or colleges that are already presenting their own students for the exam.

What we offer...

We teach the full subject of GCSE Computer Science as set out by the OCR & AQA Board, and follow the OCR and AQA specification closely to ensure we cover and teach every topic. We provide 1:1 tuition and group sessions for GCSE students and work on both theory and the NEA project.

Since 2017 we have had a 100% pass rate with students obtaining Grade 7 and above.

We teach Computer Science GCSE like any other school, the student would attend one lesson per week. We teach, prepare and organise everything for the student to obtain a high-grade GCSE in computer science.

As not all Schools offer the Computer Science GCSE, students are able to sit the OCR Computer Science GCSE at School of Coding as we are now an OCR Certified Centre. If you or your child would like to obtain an extra GCSE or want tuition, please contact us for further

How is the Computer Science GCSE Structured?

Content Overview

Assessment Overview

J277/01: Computer Systems

This component will assess:

  • 1.1 Systems Architecture
  • 1.2 Memory and Storage
  • 1.3 Computer Networks,Connection and Protocols
  • 1.4 Network Security
  • 1.5 System Software
  • 1.6 Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental Impacts of Digital Technology
Written paper:
    • 1 hour 30 minutes
    • 50% of total GCSE
    • 80 Marks
    • This is a non-calculator paper.
    • All questions are mandatory.
    • This paper consists of multiple choice questions, short response questions and extended response questions.
  • J277/02: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

    This component will assess:

    • 2.1 Algorithms
    • 2.2 Programming Fundamentals
    • 2.3 Producing Robust Programs
    • 2.4 Boolean Logic
    • 2.5 Programming Languages and Integrated Development Environments
    Written paper:
    • 1 hour 30 minutes
    • 50% of total GCSE
    • 80 Marks
    • This is a non-calculator paper.
    • This paper has two sections: Section A and Section B Students must answer both sections.
    • All questions are mandatory.
    • In Section B, questions assessing students’ ability to write and refine algorithms must be answered using either the OCR Exam Reference Language or the high-level programming language they are familiar with.

    What is Covered (Aims and Learning Outcomes)?

    • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic algorithms and data representation.
    • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience in solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
    • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
    • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
    • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wide society.
    • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

    GCSE Computer Science Assessment Objectives

    Assessment Objective


    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and principles of Computer Science.


    Apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts and principles of Computer Science.


    Analyse problems in computational terms:To make reasoned
    judgements To design, program, evaluate and refine solutions.

    How is The Computer Science GCSE Marked?

    gcse computer science
    We provide 1:1 tuition and group sessions.
    We teach OCR and AQA GCSE Computer Science
    Complete a baseline test to see what level you’re working at.
    We can put students through GCSE privately and earlier than Year 11
    We have a 100% pass rate with students obtaining Grade 7 and above.

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