Computer Science

Computer Science is the study of computers and computing concepts.

In this digital age that we live in, Computer Science has never been more relevant. It develops valuable programming and computational training skills, which are increasingly important in a variety of jobs.

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 learn about general computing concepts by programming micro:bits. Years 8 and 9 experiment with programming using Scratch and Python during their ICT lessons.

Key Stage 4/5

Students are able to gain a GCSE in Computer Science, this entails a controlled assessment task (worth 20%) using Visual Basic, an external written exam (worth 50%) and an on-screen external exam (worth 30%).

A level

Computer Science as an A level requires students to sit 3 external written exams over the two years, each worth 20%. In Year 12 they sit an external on-screen exam and in Year 13 they are required to complete a large piece of coursework consisting of the design and creation of a computerised system programmed using Visual Basic.


The ICT and Computer Science department hold a micro:bit Coding club for KS3. Intervention sessions are held after school.



Department Staff

Mrs Donna James – Head of ICT
Ms Rachel Haydock – Digital Competency Framework Co-ordinator
Ms Catherine Robinson – 2nd in Welsh Baccalaureate

Learning Plans

What is a Learning Plan?

When you see your son/daughters books you will find Learning Plans (currently only at KS4). These are photocopied onto blue paper and set out the learning that is being done in lessons, what the homeworks are and when assessments will take place.

Read more about Learning Plans