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Computer Science

Head of department: Mr S Gannon             Teachers:       Mr J Archard,            Ms K Morrissey        

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Students study one period of Computing each week. We follow the KS3 National Curriculum and ensure that students experience the whole array of topics within it. This may be in the form of more traditional IT based themes or full-on Computer Science ones.

KS3 Time plans                                                                                           Link KS3 NC document


When students reach their choices for KS4, the Computing department offers two subjects at this stage. GCSE Computer Science, and BTEC Digital Information Technology. Both subjects are taught for three periods per week.

OCR GCSE Computer Science (J277)


This is an academic subject which introduces students many aspects of Computer Science, including:

·         Section 1:

The central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, data representation, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science

·         Section 2:

Skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators

BTEC Digital Information Technology


The BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology is a Level 2 digital qualification that gives students a real insight into the modern fundamentals of IT. This is more of a vocational subject than Computer Science.

  • Ideal for learners pursuing a career in IT who wish to gain a broad taste of digital skills. 
  • Teach content such as UI design, cyber security, databases and more.
  • Students can progress to further education qualifications such as BTEC Level 3 Nationals or A levels.


                          OCR GCSE Computer Science Time plans                             OCR Computer Science (J277) Specification

BTEC DIT Time plan                                                   BTEC DIT Specification      

Career Opportunities

If you are interested in Computing then think about a career in….

  • Application analyst.
  • Applications developer.
  • Cyber security analyst.
  • Data analyst.
  • Database administrator.
  • Forensic computer analyst.
  • Game designer.
  • Games developer