Computer Science

Computer Science GCSE is only available to students achieving a grade of 3.5 or higher in maths by the end of KS3 (year 8) as the subject requires good mathematical skills. Please speak to your computer science teacher if you are unsure about this.

Subject Overview

We aim to:

• Offer every student a broad and balanced curriculum covering a range of computer applications

• Promote awareness of being safe when using computer

• Develop every student's potential by providing suitable challenges and encouraging the pursuit of excellence

• Stimulate every student to become independent, hardworking and self-disciplined

• Create a happy and caring environment which promotes the development of self-esteem and self-confidence

• Improve students' logic and problem solving skills

• Develop critical thinking

Teaching and Learning

Course Structure

Unit One – Looks at systems architecture, memory, storage, networks, system security, system software and ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Unit Two – Looks at computational thinking, algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and data representation

Unit Three  – Non-examined assessment; A programming project where students will need to create a programme in order to solve a given problem.


Exam Board: OCR
Qualification: OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies
Written Exams:
Unit 1 - 40%
Unit 2 - 40%
Controlled Assessment: Unit 3 - 20%


Homework is set following the homework timetable. Homework takes the form of practical tasks, research and exam questions.

Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework:

Teaching Staff

 Mr Mikey Lear, ICT/Computer Science Teacher:
Ms Nicky Boyd - ICT Teacher:
Miss Lisa Murray, ICT/Computer Science:


Teaching and Learning

Course Content & Structure
Information Systems are increasingly important in our everyday lives; mobile phones, shops, theme parks and sports, all of these now involve the use of computers. This course would be beneficial for all students because it opens up a variety of lucrative career paths in the IT industry, as well as equipping students with the skills relevant for any career.  This course will ensure that you have the skills needed to use ICT effectively in the workforce, and will cover the three main strands; creative components (such as design software), information management (such as spreadsheets and databases) and technical skills (such as how a computer works).


Due to changes to the ICT curriculum, we are currently awaiting final information for the DfE about which qualifications will be ratified for 2019 and beyond. We hope to be able to confirm shortly the ICT course we will be offering and how this will be structured. It is likely to be a combination of examinations and internally assessed work.


Homework is set following the homework timetable. Homework takes the form of practical tasks, research and exam questions.

Teaching Staff

Mikey Lear, ICT/Computer Science Teacher:
Nicky Boyd - ICT Teacher:
Lisa Murray, ICT/Computer Science:


Need Help?

Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

01273 581100