KS4 - GCSE Computer Science
In KS4 students have the choice to study GCSE computer science as an option, and in 2020 87% of the students who did so achieved a grade 4-9. We follow the OCR syllabus which is engaging and practical, encouraging students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts of the subject.
Students are taught a range of skills including programming, algorithms and problem solving during three lessons per week. They will learn to analyse problems in computational terms and devise solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs. Students will also gain an understanding of programming language such as C#.
The course is assessed through two exams: Computer Systems and Computational Thinking, Algorithms & Programming. Students will also complete a Programming Project to develop their practical ability, which does not contribute to the final grade but is a requirement of the course.
KS5 - A Level Computer Science
In KS5 students can choose to study A Level computer science which is taught over five lessons a week and aims to develop technical understanding and the ability to analyse and solve problems using computational thinking.
We follow the OCR syllabus, assessed by two final exams: Computer Systems and Algorithms & Programming, both worth 40% of the overall grade. Classroom learning is transferred into creating real-world systems through the independent programming project, worth 20% of the overall grade.