We aim to enable students to develop a real in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and what is going on behind the screen. The will include computer programming, which many students find absorbing, if not at times frustrating. The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. As the course progresses students will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills throughout the two years of study. The course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on computing and programming skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems.
Key Stage 4
Lessons ensure students gain knowledge and understanding of computing and networks, the main topics covered are: fundamentals of computer systems, computer hardware and software, binary logic, computer memory, representation of data in computer systems, databases, relational databases, programming languages, control flow in imperative languages, handling data in algorithms and testing.
The course is split into three parts:
- exam - 40% of the GCSE.
- practical investigation - 30% of the GCSE.
programming project - 30% of the GCSE.
Teachers of Computer Science contribute to the school’s diverse programme of extracurricular activities by providing a variety of opportunities including after school support for learning database and programming skills and afterschool support for debugging of programs.
Mr Mark Restell
Teacher of Computer Science