Computer Science is an exciting course where students will develop problem-solving, critical thinking, creative and technical skills. We believe that developing IT skills is essential to enable our students to achieve in education and beyond.
Career opportunities from studying Computer Science:
- Software Developer
- Network Engineer
- Games Designer/Programmer
A*- B at GCSE, equivalent or similar subject.
GCSE C or above in English.
GCSE B or above in Maths.
Not to be studied with ICT.
Average Point Score (APS): 40 or above.
Curriculum overview 2015/2016
A Level Linear (New Yr. 12)
Unit 1 – Computer Systems (40%)
- The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
- Software and software development
- Exchanging data
- Data types, data structures and algorithms
- Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Unit 2 – Algorithms and Programming (40%)
- Elements of computational thinking
- Problem solving and programming
- Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
Unit 3 – Programming Project (20%)
- Analysis of the problem
- Design of the solution
- Developing the solution
F454 – Computing Project (40%)
- Definition, investigation and analysis
- Software development and testing
- The written report
- 11 computer rooms including a suite of apple macs.
- Macromedia suite software
- Adobe Photoshop
- A variety of block programming environment software
- A variety of higher-order programming environment software
- Control simulation software
- Bank of resources on a shared network drive
- Full Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher)