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Computer Science

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 3 specialists in other areas.
  • Mrs Sewell (Principal Teacher)
  • Mr Bell (Acting Principal Teacher)
  • Mr Smith (Teacher of Computer Science and Technology)
  • Mr Goring (Teacher of Computer Science and Technology)


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.

At KS3 pupils will study:

  • E-Safety
  • Computational Thinking
  • Systems Architecture
  • Systems Software
  • Wired and Wireless Nreworks
  • System Security
  • Legal, ethical and cultural issues
  • Algorithms
  • Programming Techniques
  • Data Representation

Each year group will cover the same topics but different elements and levels of difficulty in preparation for KS4.


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, 50% 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, 50% 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 – Not Exam Assessed (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.

OCR Information Technologies

  • Pupils will study the OCR Cambridge National in Information Technologies Level 1/2 Certificate which consists of 2 elements, exam unit (50%) and a controlled assessment (50%).
  • Unit R012 – Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions (1hr 45mins) – 50% – Theory Exam.
  • Pupils will cover aspects of Information Technologies such as:
    • Knowledge of hardware and software applications.
    • Data Manipulation tools and techniques.
    • Project Life Cycle – phases, interaction, inputs and outputs.
    • Risks, legal, moral, ethical and security issues.
  • R013 – Developing technological solutions (50%) approximately 20 hours.
    • The use of skills to develop a creative technological solution to a real world problem.
    • Follow a project life cycle and demonstrate skills such as SWOT analysis, GANTT charts, data collection and presenting data.
    • Use hardware and software to create an integrated technological solution for data processing and communication of information.
  • Pupils will have access to both Level 1 and Level 2 grades consisting of Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* at Level 2.


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