This GCSE would be suitable for students who are intending to use IT as part of their working lives and possibly a career in IT, or studying it at a higher level i.e. AS or A level. 



UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World

 In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.  Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using IT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

 How will Unit 1 be Assessed?

Externally assessed exam – 90 minutes. Worth 40% of the overall GCSE.

UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit.  Students broaden and enhance their IT skills and capability.  They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective IT solutions in a range of contexts.  Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of IT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.  They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1.

How will Unit 2 be Assessed?

 Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB)provided by Edexcel, marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.  Students have 40 hours to complete the CAB.  Worth 60% of the overall GCSE.



  • Gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
  • Provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science.
  • Develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming.

 An exciting new course aimed at those who want to learn how computers work as well as work with computers.

During the course the pupils will

  • Learn about Computer systems and how they work.
  • Understand standard programming techniques
  • Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including testing and analysis


 UNIT 1: Computer systems and programming

 How will Unit 1 be Assessed?

Externally assessed exam 90 minutes  - 40% of the qualification

 UNIT 2: Practical Investigation

Candidates carry out a practical investigation of a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR. 

 How will Unit 2 be Assessed?

Controlled assessment (An investigative task)

Approx 30 hours

30% of the qualification

 UNIT 3: Programming project

Candidates create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set

of options supplied by OCR. 

 How will Unit 3 be Assessed?

Controlled assessment

Approx 30 hours

30% of the qualification

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