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Computer Science

Computer science falls within the Design Faculty at Hope Valley College.

‘Computer science develops creative, resilient students who can solve problems, using a range of computing language and applications.’


  • Head of Faculty: Miss A Nicklin 
  • Mr H Rasool - IT


The Computer Science Department aims to inspire pupils to develop their creativity in all forms of digital communication and technology. We strive to provide outstanding quality education and lifelong skills for students in the ever-changing and challenging global environment of the 21st century. All pupils are given the skills and confidence to become independent learners with excellent ICT skills for a life in the digital age.

We expect all student to come ready for lesson and with a can do attitude. You need to be resilient to problem solving and listen to all instructions you are given by members of staff. We have many resources on sharepoint that are there for you to use at any time. 

In Years 7, 8, and 9 all students learn ICT and basic computing skills. Students can opt to continue to learn about computing in Year 10 and can choose to study computer science at GCSE.


Mr Rasool: email here 

key stage 3 


The KS3 curriculum has been designed to ensure adequate knowledge to be safe online and to use computers safely in life. The curriculum also provides a focus on developing resilient learners who are able to recover from mistakes and effectively solve them. The topics of KS3 give a basis of knowledge, skills and understanding, to allow students to progress in ICT and computer science. This will provide exposure to these subjects so that students can make informed decisions on GCSE choices. 

key stage 4 

The rationale of the KS4 curriculum is for students to develop a mindset of computer scientists, built upon the foundations of KS3. Learners have the opportunity to develop their capabilities, creativity and knowledge in computer science.

GCSE Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR

Specification Number: J277

Assessment & course structure: 

  • 50% Computer systems.
  • 50% Computational thinking, algorithms and programming.

Website: GCSE - Computer Science (9-1) - J277 (from 2020) - OCR

Computer science is still young. A famous example of 'early computing' was the bombe codebreaking machine at Bletchley Park in World War 2. This was before what most people would say is the first electronic computer, ENIAC, was announced to the public in 1946.

Computers appear in almost every aspect of our society, and are still increasing in popularity. From banking, shopping and communicating to driving our cars, controlling our homes and making decisions for us - there’s very little a computer can’t do. And if a computer can’t do it, the chances are someone’s trying to make it do it.

Technology will continue to dominate our communities. The number of jobs will increase rapidly as people realise its importance, as well as our dependence upon it. If you removed all computing and technology, society as we know it would grind to a halt.


In computer science you will learn:

  • Computer systems.
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming.

The curriculum is designed to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence. You will apply the academic principles you learn in the classroom to real-world systems in an exciting and engaging way.


GCSE Computer Science is now assessed through two written examinations. Each exam is worth 50% of your overall grade. Programming is a core practical skill which will support the underpinning of the theory for the examinations.

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