Subject Template - Computing

Curriculum LeaderMr D Burrin
Teaching Staff

Mr D Burrin (CS & IT)

Mr J Kerr (CS & IT)

KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Exam Board and Course

OCR J277 GCSE in Computer Science

Course Breakdown

Computer Science


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and principles of Computer Science.Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and principles of Computer Science



Apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts and principles of Computer Science.



Analyse problems in computational terms

  • to make reasoned judgements
  • to design, program, evaluate and refine solutions.


Paper 1 80 Marks 1:30 non calculator (50%)

Computer systems

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


Paper 2 80 Marks 1:30 non calculator (50%)

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

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


* Algorithm questions are not exclusive to Component 02 and can be assessed in either component.

Programming Project Formal requirement 20 timetabled hrs

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development

Testing and evaluation and conclusions


Number of Lessons Per Week 3 (CS)

Revision Materials

Revision guides and workbooks are available via parent pay as well as regular revision assignments set via GCSE POD.  The learning platform also contains an array of additional revision materials and workbooks along with access to lessons resources taught throughout the course.

Enrichment Activities

  • The faculty endeavours to offer additional and extracurricular opportunities to students. These include
  • KS3 Minecraft club (Lunch Times)
  • Hour of Code and Safer Internet Day targeted activities
  • 3D printing Club
  • Dungeons and Dragons

Post 16 details

Students moving on to sixth form have the opportunity to select three courses at BSF

OCR A-Level Computer Science which further develops the topics covered at KS4 or the vocational Cambridge Technical in IT which develops a mixture of academic and IT practical skills as well as an A Level in Media studies which further develops concepts covered during the Creative Imedia course.

All of these courses can be used as gateway courses for further studies in IT, Computing or Media at either university of through level 4 apprenticeships.