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Computer Science

Our mission statement is to give every student the opportunity to do their personal best, to make sure that every single student matters and gets the correct learning to enable them to achieve their personal best. Our goal is not only to give students the qualifications to achieve their goals for the future but also to equip them for a changing and increasingly competitive world. With this knowledge and experience of the newest operating system as well as the most up to date Microsoft Office programmes, students should leave Broadoak with a current, relevant and up to date knowledge of Computing which would give them a competitive edge when entering higher education and the job market.

Students can often be found at lunch time and after school in many of the Computing suites, completing coursework, doing homework in dedicated homework sessions or generally just using the computers for personal enjoyment. The Computing Faculty at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College offers something for students from all levels of ability and years.


In Key Stage 3, the Computing faculty offers a full and varied range of lessons which mixes fundamental ICT skills as well as exciting and relevant computing skills such as computer game development, mobile app development and programming skills, both text based and visual. Computing lessons do not always involve going on the computer as the lesson requires planning and/or theory work to be completed – there are some lessons that students will not log on at all! We regularly use the Broadoak VLE to share resources and activities with students.

The Computing faculty prides itself on being able to engage students of all abilities by using exciting software like Dreamweaver to create websites, Flash for animations and Photoshop to create flyers and posters as well as Scratch and Kodu to create games as well as programming with Flowol, Small Basic, Python and JavaScript. The Faculty also has full set of Raspberry Pi’s which are used in the extra-curricular activities. With technology rapidly progressing, we regularly introduce new software into lessons and take advantage of the vast range of online tools to support learning. The majority of software we use is free to download and therefore can be downloaded at home. We are proud of the fact that we can fully engage everyone and help bring Computing to life.

Computing Science at KS4

Course Outline

The OCR GCSE Computer Science course is designed to boost computing skills essential for the 21st century. Alongside the practical programming element which allows students to create their own software from the ground up, students will gain a wealth of often complex knowledge that will help them understand how computers function. They will learn how to write algorithms and think computationally.  They will understand computer architecture and how internal hardware functions. They will understand the current threats posed to system security, such as malware and cyber-attacks. They will be able to explain the ethical, legal and environmental implications of computer science.


After gaining thorough knowledge of how to program throughout year 10, students complete their Controlled Assessment at the beginning of year 11, which accounts for 20% of their overall grade. At the end of year 11, students complete two examinations which are equally weighted, accounting for the remaining 80% of their grade.