Key Stage 4 Pathways

Computer Science

This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. The course will give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this course you will investigate computer programming.

Students should be proficient in Mathematics as there is a strong mathematical element to the course and they should have an interest in the technical aspects of computing. Students should also enjoy solving problems independently.

What will I learn?

  • Systems architecture
  • Memory & Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security and System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Algorithms & Programming techniques
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation
  • Analysis, Design & Development
  • Testing, Evaluation and conclusions


These topics will be assessed primarily through the use of externally marked written assessments.

Programming skills will be learnt and developed through the practical application of skills and working through a software development cycle. These skills may also be assessed through the use of written examinations.


What could my next steps be?

Once you have taken a Computer Science GCSE you can then progress to study the subject at A-Level, and then onto a related university course.

With technology ever changing, there is a demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If you want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science, you will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone.

Studying Computer Science can also lead to careers in the designing, development and engineering of both leisure and applications software, product design, network management, computing consultancy and IT project management.

Mr Hassall (Head of Business and ICT) -