Computer Science

The future is technology. Computing drives innovation in the sciences, in engineering, business, entertainment and education. It touches every aspect of our lives from the cars we drive to the movies we watch and the way in which business and governments communicate with and hear from us.


Key Stage 3

During Computer Science lessons students will learn to:

  • design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems

  • understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem

  • use 2 or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions

  • understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers [for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal]

  • understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems

  • understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits

  • undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users

  • create, reuse, revise and repurpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability

  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns

Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Learning how to use G-Suite & E-Safety

  • Basic Programming Techniques

  • Databases

  • Spreadsheets

Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Computer Hardware

  • Computer Hardware - binary

  • 3D Design - Sketch Up

  • HTML website coding

  • Databases

  • Spreadsheets

Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Programming, algorithms & evaluation

  • Introduction to python programming

  • Apprentice Challenge

  • Spreadsheets

Key Stage 4

Computer Science is a very practical subject – students will be able to use the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom on real-world problems. It’s also a highly creative subject that calls on learners to be inventive.

To help us develop this engaging, modern qualification, we talked to companies like Microsoft, Google and Cisco; organisations like Computing At School (CAS) and also teachers and academics.

What will a student gain from this course?

  • Valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace.

  • A deep understanding of problem solving and experience in creating logical and efficient solutions.

  • Ability to write down solutions to problems for other people to understand.

  • A good grounding in mainstream computing theory and understanding.

Useful Website Links:

Scroll down to 'Computing'. You will then be able to select OCR. The content of this site covers all of the topics studied on the course. Every aspect is to be understood and it supports the content of the Knowledge Organisers very well.

Amazing site for learning a multitude of programming languages with interactive demos and examples.

The Oak National Academy brings together a wealth of online learning opportunities for all the most common courses including Computer Science. Lessons, videos, quizzes and worksheets.

Revision specific for Computer Science with videos, online quizzes and interactive content.

Online coding IDE for a multitude of languages.