Computing

Department Ethos

To educate students to be successful, ethical, and effective problem-solvers and life-long learners who can utilise their acquired knowledge and skills in further education and careers.

Year 7

Topics students will typically study include:

  • Internet Communication and E-Safety
  • Computer Systems
  • Micro:Bit Programming
  • Codes and Ciphers
  • Control

Year 8

Topics students will typically study include:

  • E-Safety
  • Website Design
  • Python Programming
  • How Computers represent data
  • Key Figures in Computing
  • Graphic Design
  • Multimedia
  • Computer Networks

Computer Science at GCSE

Computer Science is a very challenging and rewarding qualification for those students that opt to take it.

There is a significant emphasis on a student’s ability to solve logical problems through computational thinking and Maths.

The course students study is the OCR Computer Science GCSE (9-1) – J277

The course comprises of three areas:

Systems Architecture

Assessed by examination – 50% of the final grade.

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Assessed by examination – 50% of the final grade.

Extended Programming Projects

Programming Projects are completed throughout KS4. These no longer count towards the final grade, but support students’ success in the exams.

Year 9

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Programming techniques
  • Data representation

Year 10

  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques

Year 11

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Year 11 Subject Resources

Description Type
Computer Science: Exam Board (OCR) Resources  External Link
Computing: School Revision Guide  School PDF Document
Creative iMedia: Exam Board (OCR) Resources  External Link

Our Staff

Mr M Ford

Teacher

Mr D Kling

Head of Department

Mrs J Pearson

Teacher