Chetwynde School

Chetwynde School, Croslands, Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 0NY

Chetwynde School

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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. 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

Pre-production skills— written exam (1hr 15mins) 

Students are introduced to a range of essential pre-production techniques used in the creative and digital media, including client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques


Creating Digital Graphics— Course work unit

Students develop skills in creating and developing digital graphics using image editing software. They then produce a digital product for a specific purpose


Optional units

There are a number of 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.


  • R083: Creating 2D and 3D digital characters
  • R084: Storytelling with a comic strip
  • R085: Creating a multipage website
  • R086: Creating a digital animation
  • R087: Creating interactive multimedia products
  • R088: Creating a digital sound sequence
  • R090: Digital photography
  • R091: Designing a game concept
  • R092: Developing 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