Computer Science

Curriculum Leader ICT - Mr Illingworth

Why study Computer Science?

Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and

the home. In this technological age, a study of computer science, and particularly how computers

are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is essential to learners.

Computer science integrates well with subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a fundamental level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends learners’ horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals..

What will I study and how will I be assessed?

The course is split into 3 Units of work

Component 1: Understanding Computer Science
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
This component investigates hardware, logical operations, communication, data representation and data types, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering, program construction, security and data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society.

Component 2: Computational Thinking and Programming
On-screen examination: 2 hours
30% of the qualification
This component investigates problem solving, algorithms and programming constructs, programming languages, data structures and data types and security and authentication.

Component 3: Software Development
Non-exam assessment: 20 hours
20% of qualification
This component requires learners to produce a programmed solution to a problem. They must analyse the problem, design a solution to the problem, develop a final programmed solution, test the solution and give suggestions for further development of the solution. 

What happens in lessons?

Year 10 will consist of combination of practical and theory lessons that will equip you with the knowledge for the written exam and the skills to conduct the controlled assessment. Year 11 start with completing the controlled assessment and learning the skills for the online test.

What skills will I need?

This course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the computer science elements of the computing programme of study at Key Stage 3 and enables learners to progress into further learning and/or employment.

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of computer science at AS and A level. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.

You will need to be a g resilient and have the ability to solve problems logically.

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