Take a look at the world around you. How close to a computer are you? When was the last time you used one? When was the last time you were creative with one? Life without computers is almost unimaginable. There’s nothing that doesn’t involve computing in some way.
The devices you use to consume a wide range of media, whether it’s an Android phone or an iPad, are at the heart of almost everything we do. From Facebook to the latest apps, creativity is central. Stop being a simple consumer of software and start designing your own. If you can spot a gap in the market, if you sometimes think, “I wish I could find an app to…” then maybe you could be the next Mark Zuckerberg.
A GCSE in Computing will give you a fantastic set of skills to do just that. But even more than this, it will give you the skills you need for any career. You want to become a designer, architect, engineer, publisher, medical researcher, sports coach, music or film producer (the list is endless)? Then Computing is one of the best points to start from. Don’t know what you want to do with your life just yet?
Perfect! Most of the jobs that will be available when you leave university haven’t even been thought of yet! The course gives you a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. You will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give you an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which you will find absorbing.
The course is split into 3 modules, 1 written paper and 2 controlled assessments Computer systems and programming:A 90 minute written paper that covers knowledge about computer systems, e.g. hardware, software & networks
Practical investigation: A controlled assessment in the form of an investigative computing task which assesses your knowledge of the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problems
Programming project:A controlled assessment in the form where the exam board will set a choice of challenges for you to solve
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