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Chetwynde School

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Please see information below on:

  • Computer Science GCSE
  • Creative Imedia GCSE



Exam Board: OCR

This course has been developed to provide students with a real understanding of how computers work ‘behind the scenes. As part of the course, students will, through the study of computer programming, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills which are invaluable in both education and the world of work.


Component 01 – Computer Systems (50% of total mark) - Examined 1 hr 30mins:

A written examination that covers the theory about computer architecture and networking including security features and legal issues. This exam is taken at the end of Year 11.


Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming. (50% of total mark)- Examined 1 hr 30mins:   

This is a written exam, focused on computational thinking and algorithms. Students will be tested on the elements of computational thinking and logic. You will be assessed on your ability to write, correct and improve algorithms



Students will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned. This is a practical part of the course where students develop their problem solving, design and programming skills and apply these to real-world problems.


The qualification will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills


Further Study & Careers

This course helps to prepare students for higher study and employment in the field of computer science and will provide students with a solid foundation both in technology and problem-solving skills; it will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.  These skills will be the best preparation for learners who want to go on to study Computer Science at AS or A-Level and beyond and also future employment.

COURSE OUTLINE Creative Imedia Cambridge National

Exam Board: OCR

This course provides students with creative digital skills. These skills will be used to design, develop and produce products similar to those required in the world of work, such as: • developing visual identities for clients • planning and creating original digital graphics • planning, creating and reviewing original digital media products.

This qualification results will be graded on a 7-grade scale with Pass, Merit and Distinction at both levels 1 and 2 and a new grading of Distinction* at Level 2. These grades are equivalent to GCSEs.

This qualification consists of 4 units, 2 compulsory and 2 optional

Compulsory Units

R093 Creative iMedia in the media industry (Mandatory)

This is assessed by taking an exam. In this unit you will learn about the media industry, digital media products, how they are planned, and the media codes which are used to convey meaning, create impact and engage audiences. Topics include:

  • The media industry
  • Factors influencing product design
  • Pre-production planning
  • Distribution considerations


R094 Visual identity and digital graphics (Mandatory)

This is assessed by completing a set assignment. In this unit you will learn to how to develop visual identities for clients and use the concepts of graphic design to create original digital graphics to engage target audiences. Topics include:

  • Develop visual identity
  • Plan digital graphics for products
  • Create visual identity and digital graphics

Optional units

There are optional units to choose from where students practice the skills for the unit then produce a portfolio to a specific brief. As a class, we will choose which units to do. The following is a list of the optional units.


R095 Characters and comics

R096 Animation with audio

R097 Interactive digital media

R098 Visual imaging

 R099 Digital games

Further Study & Careers

Creative iMedia is effective preparation for a range of qualifications including Cambridge Technicals – IT Level 3 or Digital Media Level 3 (these are OCR vocational qualifications that offer an alternative to A levels for students aged 16+). There are many different careers that this qualification could help you move towards. For further information see Mrs Coull