Recently, the OCR exam board announced that from September 2016 cyber-security and app building will be included as part of an overhaul of the compulsory computing GCSE. This includes students being taught about phishing, firewalls, viruses and learning how people can access illegal information online.

60% of the content will focus on ‘computational thinking’. This involves breaking a complex problem down into smaller parts, establishing a pattern, ignoring unnecessary information and designing a solution through programming. A further 20% will consist of students putting their new skills into an independent coding project by solving a problem of their choice, for example, developing an algorithm for recommending films, an app to help their teacher or even a game.

“There is growing demand for digital skills worldwide. Whether students fancy themselves as the next cyber-spook, Mark Zuckerberg or Linus Torvalds, our new qualification will be the first exciting step towards any career that requires competence in computing.”

Rob Leeman, Subject Specialist for Computer Science and ICT at OCR

Source: OCR Exam Board