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Computer Science


The aim of the Computer Science department is to equip students with a better understanding of the world of computer technology. Lessons will give students the knowledge and skills that they can apply in a variety of other subjects and find useful for further study or work.

Brief description of KS3 SOW

Students in KS3 study a wide range of computer science disciplines, including programming, learning about computer technology, office skills, graphics and multimedia. They are taught using topics that are relevant to the students and also use business-like scenarios. Students have access software applications that are commonly found in the workplace. Students learn programming using several languages and further opportunities exist to extend their interest through the extra-curricular Raspberry Pi and TechFuture clubs.

Brief description of KS4 SOW

At KS4 students are offered the chance to study for 3 different qualifications:

The ICT qualification allows students to continue to develop the knowledge and skills gained in KS3. They study a range of ICT skills that are highly transferable to further study or the current workplace.

BCS – Business and Communication Systems – allows students to learn about the world of business whilst developing the key ICT skills that are required in a business environment.

The Computer science course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming. 

Extra-curricular activities

Raspberry Pi club gives students a chance to program and experiment with Raspberry Pi computers. Activities include programming the Minecraft interface and using the PiBrella. Girls have the opportunity to access the TechFuture online club.


Mrs J Morse – Head of ICT Department
Mrs A McLoughlin – Head of KS3
Miss A Connor – High Achievement Co-ordinator

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn Term

Introduction to Graphics
How computers work

Graphics Images
Minecraft spreadsheet project

Cyber security
How computers store data
Spreadsheet modelling and introduction to business studies

Spring Term

Using spreadsheet models and databases including SQL

Python Programming and the Micropet project

Programming in Python

Summer Term

Using Internet and coding in HTML
Scratch Programming

Programming in HTML and CSS

Summer Live - creating and programming a multimedia presentation


Key Stage 4 Summary

The OCR Cambridge Nationals are vocational qualifications that are industry-relevant, geared to suit a broad range of learning styles and abilities. Learners study a variety of skills which include Microsoft Office Applications, Multimedia Products and Graphics.

GCSE Business and Communication Systems
Learners can benefit from a Business qualification because they can choose from a wide range of careers, such as marketing and sales, human resources, administration, finance, Law, business management, leisure and tourism, retail or the IT industry.
Topics covered in Business and Communication Systems are:

  • The business environment - business administration.
  • Workplace organisation - working environment, health and safety, security of data.
  • Human resources - recruitment, training, employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Communication - methods of communication, ICT and communication, e-commerce.
  • ICT in the business environment - software choices, presentation of information.
  • Computer applications in the business environment - word processing, spreadsheets, databases, computer graphics, presentation software and web authoring.

GCSE Computing
Learners can benefit from a Computing qualification because:
The course will give learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Learners will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology. However, the course will give them an insight into what goes on 'behind the scenes', including computer programming, which many learners find absorbing.
The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming. For many learners, it'll be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-today life.
Topics covered include:

  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Hardware and Software
  • Representation of data in computer systems
  • Computer communications and networking
  • Cyber security
  • Algorithms
  • Coding structures and standard programming techniques
  • Programming using scratch, python, assembly code
  • Testing and evaluation of computer systems

Curriculum Overview


Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term

Unit 2 Using ICT to create business solutions

Unit 6 - Creating digital Images
Unit 5 - Interactive multimedia products

Spring Term

Unit 2 Using ICT to create business solutions
Unit 1 - Understanding Computer systems

Unit 5 - Interactive multimedia products

Summer Term

Unit 1 - Understanding Computer systems
Unit 6 - Creating digital Images


Business and Communication Systems

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term

Aims and Objectives
Business functions
Logo and web design

Unit 10 - Controlled Assessment, Investigating ICT in Business

Spring Term

Recruitment and training
Health and Safety
Employment Law

Unit 9 - Using ICT in Business
Unit 8 Revision - ICT Systems in Business

Summer Term

Spreadsheet modelling
Internet and e-Commerce
Computer Devices




Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term

Basic Python programming skills
Representing Data - Number, text

Unit 3 - Controlled Assessment, programming project

Spring Term

File input / output
Input / output devices
Representing Data sound, images

Unit 2 - controlled Assessment, Investigative task

Summer Term

Extended programming projects
Fundamentals of Computer systems