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Computer Science and IT
"Everyone should learn how to code, it teaches you how to think." Steve Jobs

The mission of the Computer Science and IT department is to equip our students with practical and useful Computer Science and IT skills that will prepare them for further study and a range of careers. With digital literacy being imperative in the modern day world we ensure these skills are being taught alongside the theoretical and programming content of Computer Science. We strive to prepare students to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology.

"Tomorrows teaching today"

Key Stage 3

The National Curriculum for Computing and IT underpins learning at KS3. The units of work are designed to build upon the key skills and concepts of the framework each year to consolidate learning by the end of year 9. The KS3 scheme of learning includes Computer Systems, Data management, Computational Logic and Programming units. Each year students build on their knowledge and understanding from the previous year’s content. The Computer Systems unit involves students understanding the key concepts of Hardware, Software and Networking. The Data Management development of practical skills using Spreadsheets in MS Excel and Databases in MS Access and looks at key skills of data storage and analysis. The final unit of Programming develops knowledge of algorithms and practical skills through programming in Small Basic and Python programming languages.

BBC Bitesize Computing

BBC Bitesize ICT

Teach ICT

Key Stage 4

The students have the opportunity to develop their base skills in further detail and develop expertise in either Computer Science or IT.

OCR GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in Computer Science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Past papers

Craig and Dave


BBC Bitesize


OCR Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies

Cambridge National in Information Technologies improves students’ knowledge of the digital environment and their confidence with IT. They learn about data management issues and develop practical skills by planning and creating an integrated technological solution to communicate information.

Past papers

Online book


Key Stage 5

Our students are afforded the opportunity to develop Computer Science and IT skills to a professional level in preparation for further education or employment in industry.

OCR A Level Computer Science

Computer Science helps students understand the core academic principles of Computer Science. Classroom learning is transferred into creating real-world systems through the creation of an independent programming project. This A Level will develop the student’s technical understanding and their ability to analyse and solve problems using computational thinking.

Past papers

Craig and Dave

Isaac computing

OCR Cambridge Technicals in Information Technology

Cambridge Technicals in IT provides students with essential knowledge and skills in IT and cybersecurity. A wide range of units and opportunities for practical and project-based work helps students gain an insight into technological change, global IT infrastructure and legal and security considerations.

Past papers

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