Computer Science

Computers have become an integral part of our society. They can be found everywhere, from mobile phones, televisions, cars and to the future networked homes.

Computer Science focuses on the fundamental principles of the science as well as advanced techniques that are used in practical system development.

Our Facilities

  • Four air-conditioned computer rooms running Windows 10 and Office 2010 suites
  • A class set of Raspberry Pi's as well as an extensive range of other programmable devices
  • A range of co-curricular activities that extend pupil skills beyond the classroom
  • The entire curriculum is on the school’s Virtual Learning Environment, Firefly
  • Supervised pupil access to ICT rooms available before and after school.


Pupils studying at Key Stage 3 follow a curriculum developed specifically for Royal Russell, based upon the national computing curriculum and covering topics such as computational thinking and algorithms, hardware and software, data representation, networks and the internet and of course lots and lots of programming. 

The course is aimed at preparing pupils not only for the GCSE but also for a world which is becoming ever more heavily reliant on a knowledge of computer systems.


Computer Science is a popular option at GCSE. Pupils follow the CIE IGCSE course which is made up of two units:

  • Theory of Computer Science
  • Practical Problem Solving and Programming

Both are assessed with examintiation paper, however, 40% of the second unit is based on pre-release materials.

Please click here to find out more about our GCSE option.

A Level

In the Sixth Form, pupils follow the Cambridge International Examinations Computer Science course. This builds on knowledge and skills learnt at the previous Key Stage and is a demanding course.

A large proportion of the pupils following Computing A level, go on to study at university. We have had great success in placing pupils at the university of their choice.

The course is also an excellent preparation if you want to study or work in areas that rely on the technical skills you will develop, in areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

Please click here to find out more about our A level course.