Computer Science

Computer Science is taught at KS4. Computing has an impact on nearly every aspect of the world in which we live. GCSE Computer Science counts as a science option in the EBacc and is considered to be very important by the government.

“In the future everyone will need basic programming skills in a variety of jobs” – Elizabeth Truss MP 

Students will learn to program in Python programming language.

From 2016 the course will comprise of 3 strands:

1. Computer Systems

2. Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming Trends in computing

3. Programming Project (Controlled Assessment)

The course is assessed through:

80% Exam

Principles of computer systems, computational thinking and trends in computing are examined in the exam..

20% Controlled assessment
Practical programming skills are assessed in the controlled assessment.

Student Expectations

·         Excellent attendance will be needed as well as the ability to work independently.

·         Students are expected to work to their maximum at all times and to meet all deadlines for the work set.

·         Take responsibility for their achievement, behaviour and performance.

·         Be prepared to attend catch up sessions after school.

·         Complete homework each week.


5 lessons over a fortnight and weekly homework tasks (Year 10 & 11)

Students are taught the KS4 OCR Computer Science course using our website This enables students to work independently from any location in the Academy or at home.