Computer Studies

Subject Vision and Intent

The aim of the computing department is to enable all pupils to be confident digital citizens, who have the opportunity to embrace technology and develop transferrable skills. To help prepare students for jobs in the Computer Science industry and achieve their full potential.


Five-Year Plan

Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Autumn Term 1  

E-Safety and Ethics


How a computer works

Data Representation



Computer and Crime and Security


Data Storage - Binary and Hexadecimal

Autumn Term 2
Spring Term 1
Spring Term 2
Summer Term 1
Summer Term 2


Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science

Exam Board OCR


GCSE Computer Studies consists of 2 papers 

Paper 1- Computer systems. 1 hour 30 minutes 

Paper 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming, 1 hour 30 minutes 

Key Topics

Component 01: Computer systems 

Introduces students to 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. 

Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 

Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators. 

Practical programming 

Students are to be given the opportunity to undertake a programming task(s) during their course of study which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, test and refine programs using a high-level programming language. Students will be assessed on these skills during the written examinations, in particular component 02 (section B).

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