Computing

Computer science is the study of computer architecture, software systems, graphics, artificial intelligence, computational thinking, and programming. Many problems in science, engineering business and other industries are solved using with computers. Computer science is practiced by mathematicians, scientists and engineers. Mathematics, the origins of computer science, provides reason and logic. Science provides the methodology for learning and refinement. Engineering provides the techniques for building hardware and software. Finally, and most importantly, computer scientists are computer scientists because it is fun. (Not to mention lucrative career opportunities!)


Subject Teacher: 
Mrs G Baxter – G.Baxter@stjohnfisher.school

Curriculum Outline

We are teaching the new computer science learning area of the National Curriculum. We follow a two-year Key Stage 3 program with students receiving two lessons a week in both Years 7 & 8. They have these computer science Lessons in dedicated computer suites. The curriculum is split into computing and digital literacy and covers the following areas:

  • Computational thinking
  • Computer programming
  • Modelling
  • Logic
  • Understanding the hardware and software of the computer and how it works
  • Data representation – binary
  • Creative projects using technology
  • Digital authoring
  • E-Safety

Key Stage 4 
In year 9, students can choose GCSE Computer Science.

GCSE Computer Science 
The course is challenging and offers great reward for students with a curious disposition. We offer OCR GCSE Computer Science specification using the Python programming language. In this specification, the students have to complete the following:

Two exams (80% of the total grade) based on hardware, software, algorithms, networking, databases, data representation and calculations which is taken at the end of Year 11

Programming project (20% of the total grade), also done as a controlled assessment covering several programming tasks that have to be completed using Python.

Key Stage 5 
We offer OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Certificate in IT as a vocational qualification that is designed to give Key Stage 5 students a work-focused alternative to A Levels.

They’ve been designed to give students the opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to them. The qualification enables students to develop their research skills and to work, both independently and with colleagues, to progress through these qualifications.

The assessment for the qualifications is task-based, so students won’t need to take exams to achieve highly in the OCR qualifications. The units studied cover:-

  • Communication and employment in IT
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Animation
  • Digital Graphics
  • Understanding social media in business
  • Computer game platforms and technologies

Key Stage Taught (Yes / No)
Key Stage 3 Yes
Key Stage 4 Yes
Key Stage 5 Yes

Examination Information
Official name of course Qualification Level Exam Board
GCSE Computer Science Level 2 OCR
Cambridge Technical Level 3 Certificate in IT Level 3 OCR