Computer Science/iMedia

Computer Science/iMedia


Computer science is about investigating how computers work, not how to use computers. iMedia is about designing, image editing, photography and filming. Creative iMedia develops skills for designing interactive multimedia products.


Computer science/iMedia is not taught at KS3.


OCR GCSE Computer Science:

Students will be introduced to binary and logic gates. GCSE computer science allows students to develop logic and mathematic skills. Students will gain advanced skills in programming and algorithms. They will complete a computer science project, creating and testing a working program written in Python. Students will study memory, storage and networks. GCSE computer science will develop their understanding of the theory of computer science and how computers work.

Paper 1 – Computer Systems (50% written examination) ·         System architecture

·         Memory

·         Storage

·         Wired and wireless networks

·         System security

·         System software

·         Ethical and legal concerns

Paper 2 – Computational Thinking (50% written examination) ·         Algorithms

·         Programming techniques

·         Producing robust programs

·         Computational logic

·         Translators and languages

·         Data representation

OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia:

Students will design and make a DVD cover, a photo multipage comic-strip and a trailer for a thriller film. They will research the product, create pre-production documents (mood-board, mind-map, storyboard, script and visualisation), plan, create, test and evaluate their final product.


Paper 1 R081 – Pre-Production Skills (25% written examination) ·         Mood-boards

·         Mind-maps

·         Visualisations

·         Storyboard

·         Script

·         Target audience

·         Work plan

·         Files

·         Hardware and software

·         Legislation

·         Evaluation

Unit R082 – Creating Digital Graphic (25% Controlled Assessment) ·         Research

·         Design

·         Creating a DVD using Photoshop

·         Evaluation

Unit R084 – Storytelling with a Comic Strip (25% Controlled Assessment) ·         Research

·         Design

·         Photographing and creating a comic strip using ComicLife

·         Evaluation

Unit R089 – Creating a Digital Video Sequence (25% Controlled Assessment) ·         Research

·         Design

·         Filming and creating a video trailer using iMovie

·         Evaluation


OCR GCSE Computer Science

  • UEA computer science taster visit (year 11)
  • Hackathon inter-house competition
  • Girls coding competition

OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia

  • Logo competition


OCR GCSE Computer Science

If students enjoyed the GCSE computer science course, they can consider studying this subject further:

  • AS and A2 in computer science

OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia

If students enjoyed the Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia course, they can consider studying this subject further:

  • Creative and digital media
  • Creative media production and technology

Digital arts animation and games