Computer Science is an up and coming subject of increasing importance in today’s society.

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 are now given the opportunity to study Computing and will complete a programme of lessons summarised below:


  • Machines and Computation - Introducing Computers, Basic Hardware Devices
  • Data and Representation - Data represented as bit patterns – simple binary and using binary to represent number and images.


  • Communication and Computing in Wider Context - The Input-Process-Output cycle: What is the internet? Standalone vs networked machine
  • E-Safety / Security / Ethics / Application of computers/Careers in IT


  • Programming and Design - Introducing Basic instructions for simple task (i.e. draw an image made out of geometric shapes) using Scratch or LOGO or Python GUI or any other programming language.
  • Introducing BBC Micro Bit for introduction to coding.

Students will have computing lessons every week taught using the ICT facilities that the school has. Sheringham High School has 3 ICT suites and most classrooms have a number of computers accessible to them. The library also holds 15 computers that are bookable.

Students only complete computing in Year 7 and will then have the option of taking this subject at GCSE should they wish.

Key Stage 4



Computer Science GCSE will, above all else, be relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science. Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. Our Computer Science GCSE will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. These skills will be the best preparation for learners who want to go on to study Computer Science at AS or A Level and beyond. The qualification will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

The following topics will be covered:

Component C1 – Computer Systems

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

Component C2 – Computational thinking, Algorithms and Programming

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

Component C3 – Programming project

  • Programming techniques • Analysis • Design • Development • Testing and evaluation and conclusions.
Examination Board: OCR - J262

Students will be offered the chance of using one of their option choices to complete OCR GCSE in Computer Science (J276).

 This new specification is split into three components:

Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming Component. This is assessed with a written exam, focused on computational thinking and algorithms. Students will be tested on the elements of computational thinking and logic. They are principally assessed as to their ability to write, correct and improve algorithms. This makes up 40% of the assessment total.

Component 03 – Programming Project (non-exam assessment) This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned.

Component 01 – Computer Systems Component 01 focuses on Computer Systems. It is an examined unit and makes up 40% of the assessment total.

This GCSE is assessed by:

  • Two written papers (one each for components C1 and C2). Each test is 90 minutes long and worth 40% of the final grade awarded.
  • Programming project – 20% of the qualification
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