Curriculum Intent

The Computer Science curriculum is designed to educate students to be successful, ethical, effective problem-solvers and life-long learners who can utilise their acquired knowledge and skills in further education and careers. The department aim is to prepare students for further education, higher education and jobs in the ever changing landscape in Computer Science. A good number of students go on to study Computer Science beyond Bishop Perowne and previous cohorts have seen students take up apprenticeships in Computer Science related fields.

Curriculum Map
Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Introduction to the School Network
  • Safe use of computers/Graphic Design
  • Creating a Multimedia Information Point
  • MicroBit Programming
  • Manipulating and Using Data

Year 8

  • E-Safety and Digital Sound
  • Python Programming
  • Animation/Graphic Design
  • Networking
  • Key Figures in Computer Science

Year 9 Core

  • Computer Hardware
  • The OS and Software
  • Memory and Storage
  • Ethical use of Technology
  • Legislation

Year 9 Option

  • CPU Architecture
  • Memory and Storage
  • Data Representation
  • Computer Networks
  • Algorithm Design
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Programming Languages and IDE’s
Key Stage 4

Year 10

  • Network Security
  • Systems Software and the OS
  • Testing and Debugging Code
  • Algorithm Design
  • Data Representation

Year 11

  • The Internet
  • Data Transmission Protocols
  • Database Theory
  • Ethical, Legal and Culture Impact of CS
  • Boolean Logic

Throughout the course there is a significant emphasis on a student’s ability to solve logical problems through computational thinking and Maths.

Examinations and Assessment

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.
Enrichment and Extra-curricular Opportunities

Year 11 Hub – Tuesdays 3pm – 4pm

CyberFirst Girls Competition – 20 Year 8 Girls

Subject Resources

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

Our Staff

Mr M Ford


Mr D Kling

Subject Leader

Mrs J Pearson


Mrs S Preece