Computer Science

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What does this course involve at Key Stage 3?

From September 2014, we will be offering the new Computing learning area of the National Curriculum. We will follow a two-year Key Stage 3 program with students receiving a lesson a week in both Year 7 and 8. They will have these Computing Lessons in newly furbished Computer suites. The new Computing curriculum has seven strands of equal weight and they are taught on a term-by-term basis:

Algorithms – putting instructions together to perform a task

Programming and development – learning to program using Scratch, HTML and Python

Data and data representation – understanding how data is represented inside a computer using binary numbers

Hardware and processing – learning about what is under the hood of a modern computer

Information technology & e-safety – learning how to use technology safely and responsibly

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Year 7

Students will cover the following:

  • Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly
  • Introduction to Python
  • Understanding computers
  • Graphics
  • Creating a video
  • Games Programming in Scratch

Year 8

  • HTML and Website Development
  • Control Systems with Flowol
  • Introduction to coding through Kodu
  • First steps in Small Basic
  • Spreadsheet modelling
  • Programming with GameMaker 


Year 9, 10 and 11

Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. Our Computer Science GCSE will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. These skills will be the best preparation for learners who want to go on to study Computer Science at AS or A Level and beyond. The qualification will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

The specification is split into three components: Computer Systems Component 01 It is an examined unit and makes up 40% of the assessment total.

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming Component 02 is a new written exam, focused on computational thinking and algorithms. Students will be tested on the elements of computational thinking and logic. They are principally assessed as to their ability to write, correct and improve algorithms.

Programming Project (non-exam assessment)

This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned. This qualification will, above all else, be relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science.

How you will be assessed?

  • Computer Systems Examination 40%
  • Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming Examination 40%
  • Programming Project 20%