Computer Science

Key Stage







Valid for

2018 - 2019






Business & ICT

Course Content & Assessment

We have a staff comprising of thirteen teachers, three technicians and a teaching assistant. Amongst the team there are specialist teachers in the three traditional Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and teachers with experience of various aspects of Applied Science. This is reflected in the courses offered at GCSE and Post 16.The broad spectrum of staff specialisms coupled with a high level of ICT skills have led to a Science curriculum that encompasses a range of learning styles and encourages students to develop skills that encourage them to examine the world around them.

This course is part of a new generation of Computer Science qualifications. It equips the student with an understanding of programming, hardware and software design. QE following the OCR Computing course which has recently been included in the EBacc measurement.

On completion of the core units students will choose 4 optional units from a wide range – digital graphics, animation, networks, computer maintenance, e-commerce, databases, spreadsheets, software development (programming), website production and management, customisation of web pages. In this way students can link to other courses such as Photography, Physics or Business.

Students ready to commit more time can take the National certificate which has 12 units and is equivalent to 2 A Levels.

If you enjoy solving problems, applying your logical thinking and reasoning skills, have a genuine interest in being technically up to date then read on...
The course has been developed in consultation with industry leaders today such as Google, Microsoft, and Cisco to reflect the requirements and needs of employers. In addition there has been input from academics and educational bodies with creativity and innovation such as CAS (Computing At Schools).

The course allows you to excel and develop skills in:
·understanding and applying principles of abstraction, decomposition, logic and algorithms including use of mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science to solve a variety of real world problems
· analysing problems in computational terms and practically solving them with computer programs in different languages, primarily Python
· understanding the component details and make up of digital systems and how they network and communicate with other systems with impacts on the individual and wider society
· independent learning and team working

100% written examination, There are three main topic areas
Paper 1 - Computer Systems: a written examination paper on systems architecture, memory, storage, network topologies, protocols, system security, and legal, cultural and ethical issues. 40% of overall marks.
Paper 2 - Computational Thinking, algorithms and programming: a written examination paper on solving logic problems using programming techniques, robust developments and data representations. 40% of overall marks.
Programming Project: a controlled assessment of creative programming solutions to computing tasks set by the board including analysis, design, coding and testing.

Students must still do a Project, which is conducted in controlled conditions to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, however this doesn’t go towards final grade

I chose to take computer science because I wanted to gain a more in depth understanding of computers and the way that they work. I have always had an interest in computers and taking GCSE Computing allowed me to cement my interest with an academic qualification. The course is interesting and engaging, covering a wide variety of topics which develops general understanding. However, don’t take this if you want an easy course! Commitment is required at every stage. Taking this course also provides a great foundation to A level GCE Computer Science. Dylan Saberton - Stuart House

Entry Criteria & Progression

A-Level Computer Science course requires grade 6 Maths and English.