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Computer Science and Media Studies

The Computer Science and Media Studies department consists of a team of three specialist teachers, all in their own classrooms fully equipped for the curriculum offered. We offer a balanced curriculum for the digital age, with a focus upon building student resilience, improving their problem solving skills and encouraging them to develop their transferable digital literacy skills.

Computer Science and Media Studies Staff


Mrs H RhodesHead of Computer Science and Media Studies
Mrs L Kershaw 
Mr I Treanor 


Our Curriculum


Across Key Stage 3 students are introduced to the school's IT systems and procedures. They study a balanced curriculum covering a wide range of software. Students have the opportunity to work on Computer Science and then Media related units in order to prepare them for potential Key Stage 4 Options. Much of the curriculum is planned around building students computational thinking; planning and designing, working to requirements and then developing student evaluation skills.




GCSE Computer Science 

Students will develop their programming ability across the key stage and study Component 1: Computer Systems and Component 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming


Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia 

Students explore how the design of Media products is tailored to meet client or user needs. They are introduced to project management whereby they design, create and evaluate a media product for a given scenario.


GCSE Media Studies (new course this year with Year 10 students)

Students cover the core Media concepts: Language, Audience, Representation and Institutions across a range of media products. Students learn to discuss, analyse, deconstruct a range of media products as well as planning, designing and creating their own for a given scenario.




A Level Computer Science 

Students study further scientific principles of Computer Science, extend their programming language skills and take a deeper look at architecture of devices.


A Level Media Studies

The OCR specification is meticulously designed to engage and challenge students, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills in the dynamic realm of media. Comprising of three units: Media Messages, Evolving Media and Media Production. Students are assessed as 70% examination and 30% coursework.