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Computer Science

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.

Computer Systems focuses on Computer Systems, including processors, memory and storage as well as looking at how computers affect ethical, legal cultural and environmental issues.

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming will test computational thinking and logic. They are principally assessed as to their ability to write, correct and improve algorithms. study fundamental algorithms in computer science, build a firm foundation in programming techniques, produce programs through diagrams, thoroughly test programs and make them resistant to misuse

Programming Project This component is where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and programming skills they have learned. More details to be confirmed for Sept 2019.

This Computer Science qualification will be relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science. Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. This Computer Science GCSE will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. These skills will be the best preparation for learners who want to go on to study Computer Science at AS or A Level and beyond. The qualification will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

 

Assessment

There are two exam papers at the end of the course, one focusing on computer systems and one with a focus on computational thinking, algorithms and programming. Each paper lasts 1.5 hours.

There will also be a programming project details to be confirmed in September 2019.

 

 

 

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