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Computer Science

Head of Subject: Miss V McDowell

​Mayflower High School's Computer Science department consists of four specialist Computer Science teachers. We are a small, enthusiastic team, achieving good results at all levels, offering personalised learning pathways for students.

Subject Vision

To deliver a curriculum that is of sufficient depth and breadth to enable all students to develop skills in IT that are applicable to the modern world. Regardless of prior experience we aim to enable students to have access to up to date high specification hardware to enable them to develop skills in computational thought and algorithm design alongside practical experience of programming in a variety of languages.

We appreciate that the study of ‘pure’ Computer Science is not suitable for all, and so we ensure that at KS3 traditional IT skills form a proportion of the course and that options pathways are available up to KS5 which cater for the needs and interests of all students.

The students have excellent opportunities to use state-of-the-art ICT facilities to enhance their learning, including the Google Classroom.

All students, including sixth formers are encouraged to use ICT wherever possible to enhance their studies across all subjects.

Key Stage 3 Intent and Implementation

At Key Stage 3, the faculty follows the renewed Computing National Curriculum framework. This is taught in 3 lessons per fortnight in Years 7, 8 and 9 and is delivered through a varied and engaging scheme of work, covering a broad range of units and skills, including the area of e-safety, digital literacy and computational thought.

Year 7

Term 1 - Virtual Tour of Mayflower High School

Term 2 - Animal Rescue Centre

Term 3 - Sequencing and computer control

Year 8

Term 1 - Game Making in SCRATCH

Term 2 - Python programming

Term 3 - E- safety

Year 9

Term 1 - Cashless catering VBA programming

Term 2 - Computer Science

Term 3 - Organising an event

All units are designed to give a balance between computer science and programming skills and ICT skills, and to prepare students for the 2 option lines available to them at Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 Intent and Implementation

GCSE Computer Science


Component 1 - Computer Systems: Systems Architecture

  • Memory

  • Storage

  • Wired and Wireless Networks

  • Network topologies, protocols and layers

  • Network Security

  • System software

  • Data representation

  • Moral, Social, Legal, Cultural and Environmental concerns

Component 2 - Computational thinking, Systems and Programming

  • Translators and facilities of languages

  • Algorithms

  • High and Low level programming

  • Computational logic


Assessment is divided into two units:

  1. Component 1 - Computer systems (written examination) 50% 1.5 hours

  2. Component 2 - Computational thinking, systems and programming (written examination) 50% 1.5 hours.



For further details, please click on the link below:

OCR GCSE Computer Science

BTEC level 2 Tech award in Digital Information Technology

The BTEC DIT tech award builds on practical skills learned during Key Stage 3.  The aim is to provide students with access to a wide breadth of IT skills and content.

During the course, you will learn a variety of essential practical and theory skills in existing IT software and technology, including the understanding of computer systems, the use of spreadsheets to present data to an audience, and practical user interface design.

The study of IT can lead to opportunities in a wide range of careers as well as providing very important cross-curricular opportunities in digital literacy.


Component 1 – User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques

Component 2– Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

Component 3- Effective Digital Working Practices


Assessment is divided into three units:

Component 1 - internally marked, externally verified

Component 2 - internally marked, externally verified

Component 3 - 1.5 hour written examination



For further details, please click on the link below:

BTEC level 2 DIT

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