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: systems, networks, software security, ethical concerns, algorithms, programming, data representation and logic and languages. We use Python to teach the programming concepts and for the programming project during year 11.
The course is split into three parts:
- Computer systems exam - 50% of the GCSE
- Computational thinking, algorithms & programming exam - 50% of the GCSE
- Programming project - A successful project is required as part of the qualification.
Teachers of Computer Science contribute to the college’s diverse programme of extra-curricular activities by providing a variety of lunchtime and after college clubs and workshops. On the Fosse Campus, we have recently launched a ‘Code Club’ where students have been developing their coding skills and taking part in a national competition.