Computer Science

Our aim is to provide students with an engaging Computer Science curriculum which develops all of their ICT and Computing capabilities. This includes skills in specific applications such as Microsoft Office, the ability to problem solve and apply ICT solutions to real life scenarios.

We offer both ICT and Computing courses at Key Stage 4 to prepare students for using ICT and Computing in their working lives.

The Computer Science Department also support the enrichment timetable at lunchtimes and after school by providing access to ICT facilities for students to use in an educational manner.

  • Year 7
    • E-Safety
    • Spreadsheets
    • Desk Top Publishing
    • Introduction to Flowol
    • Introduction to Scratch
    • Computer Systems
  • Year 8
    • Computer Science
    • Graphics
    • Video
    • Animation
  • Year 9
    • Using ICT to create Business Solutions
    • Desk Top Publishing
    • Scratch
    • Python Programming
  • Year 10 and 11: Option Subjects

    Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Creative Digital Media Production

    Unit 1 is a broad unit that underpins the fundamental knowledge and understanding of media principles looking at all five key sectors (Digital Moving Image, Digital Audio Production, Digital Publishing, Website Production and Digital Games Production) and the different types of audiences. This is externally assessed through a 1 hour examination.

    Unit 2 is taken alongside the optional units and focuses on communication techniques. This is internally assessed through coursework.

    Two optional units will be chosen by teaching staff and are assessed internally through coursework.

    Unit 3 – Digital Moving Image Production

    Unit 4 – Digital Audio Production

    Unit 5 –Digital Publishing Production

    Unit 6 – Website Production

    Unit 7 – Digital Games Production

    OCR GCSE Computer Science

    The GCSE in Computer Science is an exciting innovative qualification that is designed to boost Computing skills that are required for the 21st Century.

    This qualification consists of three units of work.

    Two units are externally assessed (80%) through a written exam.

    • Computer Systems
    • Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

    One unit of work is assessed through completing a controlled assessment (20%) which allows students to create a program using a high-level programming language.

    • Programming Project

    Students will have the opportunity to learn to program in a variety of high-level programming languages which include:

    • Python
    • Visual Basic
    • JavaScript

    Students will create programs following the Software Development Lifecycle and will learn to follow industry standards.

    The externally assessed units will provide students with the opportunity to study how computers work in much greater detail than they have ever done before. The externally assessed units of work include the following content:

    Number systems, The CPU, Storage, Memory, Algorithms and Pseudo Code, Data handling systems, Networks, Security, Types of Software