Thorp Academy

Outcomes focused, child centred

EBacc - Computer Science (Y7-Y13)

GCSE Exam Board: OCR

Course code: J276

GCE Exam Board: OCR

Course code: H446



Staff within the department

Mr S Lloyd

Mr M Mannion

Subject overview

The department is staffed by 2 specialist teachers who deliver Computer Science from KS3 to KS5. The Computer Science classrooms are fully equipped with both up-to-date Windows PCs and also Raspberry Pi computers and microcontrollers used to teach students the basics in programming. Over a number of years the Computer Science department has achieved fantastic results with 92% of students attaining A*-C grades in 2017.

Thorp Academy has been designated as a Lead School within the Network of Excellence which recognises our outstanding results and curriculum structure.

Key Stage 3 overview

The Computer Science course at Key Stage 3 prepares students for the GCSE Computer Science specification. In Year 7, students learn the fundamentals of computing and how to use computers effectively and safely. Topics include what is inside of a computer, how to stay safe online, how a computer works as well as how to program using the Python programming language. In Year 8, students develop their knowledge of programming for the web by learning about HTML, CSS & JavaScript. Following this students learn how to write algorithms in both pseudocode and flowcharts. Students will also learn how computers represent data.

Key Stage 4 overview

We deliver the new 9-1 specification OCR GCSE Computer Science at KS4. This course encourages and understand of fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, and logic, algorithms, and data representation. The course also requires students to learn skills to allow them to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs. To succeed in this course, it is essential that students be able to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.

Key Stage 5 overview

How do you fancy a subject that’s certain to boot up a great future for you? GCE Computing gets on the inside of the single most powerful tool the world has seen. Computing at A-Level focuses on programming, logical thinking, computer components and the internet as well as other computer theory topics. Career opportunities are endless if you study Computing; science, engineering, programming or medical careers could be up for grabs. Computing is looked upon highly by Russell Group Universities.






Year 7

Digital Literacy

Web Awareness

What are computers?

What are computers?

Year 8

Web Technologies

Web Technologies



Year 9

Systems Architecture




Programming techniques


Robust programming

Year 10

Wired & Wireless Networks

Robust Programming

Network topologies

Computational logic

Year 11



Network Topologies

Data Representation

Robust programming

System Security

Revision Resources

BBC Bitesize Computer Science

Computer Science Guru

Revise Computer Science