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Computer Science at Our Lady’s is taught to everyone at Key Stage 3 and an option at Key Stage 4.


  • We have 2 subject specialists and 4 specialists in other areas.
  • Mrs Sewell (Principal Teacher)
  • Mr Bell (Assistant Principal Teacher)
  • Mr Smith (Teacher of Computer Science and Technology)
  • Mr Goring (Teacher of Computer Science and Technology)
  • Mrs Moss (Teacher of Computer Science and Technology)
  • Mr Gallagher (Teacher of Computer Science and Science)


The Computer Science Department has 4 purpose built rooms, each containing 32 computers and interactive whiteboards.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in two periods per fortnight during Year 7 and three periods per fortnight during Years 8 and 9 for preparation at Key Stage 4. Each year group receives homework once a week.

Each pupil will study elements of E-Safety as well as the main Computer Science Curriculum.

In Year 7 pupils will study:

  • E-Safety – Social Networking
  • Basic Programming Commands
  • Scratch Programming
  • Database Design

Year 8 pupils will study:

  • E-Safety – Scams and staying safe online
  • Flow Charts
  • Text based programming
  • Game Design
  • Binary Logic
  • Computer Hardware

Year 9 pupils will study:

  • E-Safety – Copyright and Plagiarism
  • Text based programming – Python
  • Design elements (Web design, Logo design)
  • Theoretical aspects of Computer Science
  • Application Design (apps)

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4, we offer two options for GCSE.

  • OCR Computer Science (9-1) – J276
  • Option To Be Confirmed

Pupil’s study a full GCSE in Computer Science which consists of 3 elements:

Computer Systems – Written exam, 1h 30 mins, 40% of overall grade (Year 10)

Pupils will cover theoretical aspects of Computer Science including:

  • 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 – Written exam, 1h 30 mins, 40% of overall grade (Year 10 and 11)

Pupils will cover the theoretical aspects of programming as well as the development of programs.

  • Algorithms (Covered in all units)
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Programming Project – Controlled Assessment – 20% of overall grade (Year 11)

Pupils will be set by their controlled assessment task from the exam board. Pupils will apply the skills learnt in Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming unit into practice.

Pupils will have to produce documentation to support:

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

There are no tiered papers in Computer Science and each pupil will have access to the whole range of grades 9-1.

Option 2

Yet to be confirmed once specifications have been accredited.

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Mrs K Sewell – kse@olchs.lancs.sch.uk