Computer Science

At Heathfield we believe that computing skills are essential for success in other subjects, in higher education and are one of the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. computing at Heathfield provides an exciting curriculum that delivers essential skills based on real life scenarios that effectively engages and inspires students, of every ability, to achieve great things.

“ICT in education is the key to unlocking the skills and knowledge of our future generations of young people. It is the tool for learning for the 21st century."
Kate McKenzie

At KS4 we offer both a Computer Science and Information Technology option. This allows our students to begin their digital journey with specific skills for the destination they are aiming for.

OCR GCSE Computer Science [J276] (Specification)

Note: J276 Currently being taught in year 10 & year 11. From September 2020 we will be delivering “OCR GCSE Computer Science [J277]" (Specification)

OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science will encourage learners to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.
Assessment/Mandatory units:

This qualification is comprised of 2 units:

Content Overview Assessment Overview

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

Computer systems
80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes
Written paper
(no calculators allowed

50% of total GCSE

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

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

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
80 marks
1 hour and 30 minutes
Written paper
(no calculators allowed)

50% of total GCSE

*Programming Project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions
20 timetabled hours Formal requirement Consolidates the learning across the specification through practical activity.

*In addition to the 2 units there is also a programming project that must be completed. This enables students to demonstrate their project planning, design, development and evaluation skills as well as their programming skills.

OCR Cambridge National in Information Technologies [J808] (Specification)

(Year 11 only – final year 2019-2020)

This qualification will teach the learner what different technologies could be used, why they should use them and how to make best use of them, to gather, store, manipulate and present data; this is known as data management.

They will learn about tools and techniques for use in different digital hardware and software technologies, and how these can be integrated to create digital solutions to manage and communicate data and information. They will also be taught what data and information are and the legal, ethical and moral considerations when using technology to gather, store and present data and information, and how to mitigate the risks of cyber-attacks. Through this qualification they will be able to select and use the most appropriate technology safely and effectively, to complete a data management task, such as a cable TV provider monitoring customers’ viewing to make recommendations for additional packages in the customer’s subscription.

They will also learn to follow a project life cycle of initiation, planning, execution and evaluation to complete a data management task and use their skills, knowledge and understanding of technology to complete each of the phases of the project life cycle.


There are two units of assessment. To claim the Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate Information Technologies qualification, learners must complete both units of assessment. Performance in both assessments will be underpinned by acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for the qualification through learning by doing. We encourage holistic delivery and require the synoptic application of skills, knowledge and understanding.

Mandatory units:
Content Overview Assessment Overview
Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions.
  • LO1: Understand the tools and techniques that can be used to initiate and plan solutions
  • LO3: Understand how data and information can be collected, stored and used
  • LO4: Understand the factors to be considered when collecting and processing data and storing data/information
  • LO6: Understand the different methods of processing data and presenting information.

1hr 45 minute written exam

Developing technological solutions
  • LO2: To be able to initiate and plan a solution to meet an identified need
  • LO5: To be able to import and manipulate data to develop a solution to meet an identified need
  • LO7: To be able to select and present information in the development of the solution to meet an identified need
  • LO8: To be able to iteratively review and evaluate the development of the solution.

20 hour assignment

Mr I CaddyDepartment Line Manager
Mr E RyanComputer Science Lead Teacher
Mr S MackenzieIT Teacher
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