Computer Science and IT

Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.
 Stephen Hawking.

The Computer Science and IT department at The Misbourne prides itself on being a forward-thinking department. Our outstanding provision ensures that students are given a modern and vibrant learning environment. Students are taught the principles of computing, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.They are encouraged to experiment with software and learn transferable skills.  The department also ensures that it caters to all students’ potential by offering a suite of vocational and academic courses that are fully tailored to each individual’s needs.

So, if you like Computer Science or IT and they are the right fit for you - why don't you click here to see where it can take you?


Year 7 Computing Curriculum

  • Digital Literacy
  • Introduction to Computational Thinking
  • Computer Systems
  • Block Programming
  • E-Safety
  • Computer Graphics Editing

Year 8 Computing Curriculum

Video and Sound Editing Project using Microsoft Movie Maker and Audacity

  • Computational Thinking
  • Textual Programming
  • Data and Data Representation
  • Data Gathering and Analysis
  • App Design and Development
  • HTML Project

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science

The OCR GCSE Computer Science course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works including computer programming.

The new specification is split into two components:

Component 01

Computer Systems

This component is focused on computer systems covering the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory.  It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science. 

A written paper

1 hour 30-minutes

50% of total GCSE

Component 02

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming






Practical programming

This component is focused on the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles and the knowledge and understanding gained in component 1. 





Programming tasks will be undertaken during the course of study to develop high-level programming language skills.

A written paper

1 hour 30-minutes

50% of total GCSE





Skills are assessed during written exams in Section B of component 02. 



OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1 / 2 Information Technologies


RO 12

Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

This unit aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of different hardware and software applications and the tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data.

Students will explore the risks associated with the collection and manipulation of data and how such risks can be mitigated.

A written paper.

1 hour 45 minutes.

50% of final grade. 


Students create a technological solution that processes data and communicates information following the phases of the project life cycle using different hardware and software technologies to create an integrated technological solution.

They develop practical skills, such as carrying out a SWOT analysis, creating GANTT charts, developing online surveys and presenting data through web-based technologies.

Centre-assessed task, OCR moderated.

20 timetabled hours.

50% of final grade. 


Key Stage 5

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

Students follow the Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner specialist pathway

This qualification aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information System. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations.

The course requires that five units are completed over two years.

Two Mandatory units assessed externally are:

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Global Information

One Mandatory unit assessed internally.

  •  Virtual and Augmented Reality

Optional Units

  • Cyber Security
  • Project Management
  • Product Development
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Mobile Technology
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Developing a Smarter Planet
  • Internet of Everything
  • Computer Systems – Hardware
  • Computer Systems – Software
  • Big Data Analytics

Department Staff

  • Mrs N Alani - (Curriculum Leader)
  • Mrs S Khaliq

Useful Websites and Resources

Subject Documents Date  
Computer Science The Misbourne Curriculum Map 01st Apr 2021 Download
ICT The Misbourne Curriculum Map for IT 01st Apr 2021 Download