Computer Studies

Computer Studies

Department Information


Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3, students compile portfolio evidence for each unit, which is assessed at regular intervals.

  • Digital Safety
  • Scratch Programming
  • Finding Things Out
  • Data and Information
  • Computing Project


Year 9:

In Year 9, students will have chosen to do a Computer Studies ‘Pre-Option’. This allows students to do a one year computer studies course that is similar to the GCSE course that they may opt to do the following year. The pre-option computer studies course gives students an excellent grounding in the subject should they choose to study it the following year as a GCSE.


Year 10 (Two Year Course):

All students going into Year 10 will be able to take GCSE Computing as an option. It is a linear course which means the exam will be taken after all other elements have been completed and at the end of the course. This is a technical course which requires logical thinking and problem solving skills to be developed and enhanced and will give students knowledge in how software works and is created.

Examination Title: Computer Science (OCR J276 9-1)

Examination Papers:

  1. Computer systems (written exam 40% of total marks) – 1 hour 30 min.
  2. Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – (written exam 40% of total marks) – 1 hour 30 min.

Programming Project:

  • Non-Exam assessment, total 20 hours (20% of total marks)


What will you study?

Computer Systems:

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Programming Project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

A GCSE in computing is designed to give students the opportunity to develop highly sought-after knowledge and skills, whether they’re for the workplace or for everyday life. It gives students a stepping stone on to Further and Higher education courses such as Software development, Games programming and careers throughout the IT industry.



Departmental Staff

Mr I Dickinson – Subject Leader of Computer Science – [email protected]


Support Your Child – Useful links and advice – this website has lots of useful information on online safety and students across all years are encouraged to view it. – this website gives many helpful resources and reading which would be useful at all key stages.

GCSE Bitesize – a useful website for KS4 students, this includes videos and help guides to walk students through a variety of tasks.

The Brayton Academy