Computer Science

A broad technological education that encourages creativity and equips students to understand how digital technology shapes our world and how they might take control of it

Team Leader of Computer Science Mrs H Williams
Teacher of Computer Science & Creative iMedia Mr D Tunthuwa
Teacher of Computer Science & Music Mr M Bennett

Computer Science is a core subject in Years 7, 8 and 9 with students having two periods per fortnight. We offer students the opportunity to study GCSE Computer Science or Creative iMedia in Years 10 and 11, and A'Level Computer Science in Years 12 and 13. Further details about the A'Level course are available on the Sixth Form website.

Vision

Computer Science at Bishop Luffa covers how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, how to apply computational thinking, and how to make best use of information technology. Our objective is to give our students a broad technological education that encourages creativity and equips them to understand how digital technology shapes our world and how they might take control of it.

Students are regularly assessed during lessons and at the end of topics to monitor progress. Pupils are also expected to monitor their own progress and set themselves personal targets to help their learning. Each student has a school target ‘step’, which they are working towards.

Computer Science Learning Journey

This is a visual representation of how students' knowledge and skills develop through the Computer Science curriculum.

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Computer Science KS3+ Learning Journey   Computer Science KS4+ Learning Journey

Why study Computer Science?

In the same way the students benefit from a knowledge of physical and natural sciences in order to understand the world in which they live, students increasingly need to know something about the Computer Science that underlies the digital world. Research shows that although many young people are confident using a range of digital devices, few are able to program them and design their own applications.

OCR’s GCSE Computer Science course will give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. Through the study of computational thinking and programming, the course will help you to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it is a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and applied in day-to-day life.

Computer Science continues to have a growing importance. This means there will be an increasing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area.

Outline of syllabus content includes:

  • 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 develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation.
  • 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).

GCSE Assessment

The course is assessed by a combination of two written papers:

  • Component 1 – Computer systems (worth 50%)
  • Component 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (worth 50%)

GCSE Computer Science Exam specification information

Why Study Creative iMedia?

Creative and Digital Media plays an important part in many areas of our everyday lives and is also an important part of the UK economy. There is a demand from employers for an increasingly skilled and technically literate workforce as more and more media products are produced digitally. Creative iMedia provides you with specific and transferable skills and a solid foundation in understanding and applying this subject, whether it is in employment or higher education.

Outline of Syllabus Content

Module 1 R081 Pre Production Skills - This is an exam unit in which you will learn about client requirements, planning and working to a brief.

Module 2 R082 Digital Graphics - This is a coursework unit in which you will learn the basics of digital graphics for the creative and digital media sector.

Modules 3 & 4: (Two to be chosen by teacher)

  • Creating 2D and 3D digital characters
  • Creating a digital sound sequence
  • Storytelling with a comic strip
  • Creating a digital video sequence
  • Creating a multi-page website
  • Creating a digital animation
  • Creating interactive multimedia products
  • Digital photography
  • Designing a game concept
  • Developing digital games

GCSE Assessment

  • Module 1 – R081- Pre Production Skills – 1Hour 30 minutes written exam 25% of total marks
  • Module 2 - R082 - Digital Graphics - Coursework assessed in school moderated by OCR – 10 Hours 25% of total marks
  • Modules 3 & 4 - Coursework assessed in school moderated by OCR – 10 Hours per module - 25% each of the total marks

GCSE Creative iMedia Exam Specification information