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Overview

The course gives students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology

works. They get an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in a computer.

This includes a substantial amount of computer programming in Python, JavaScript,

and HTML, which many students find absorbing.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through

the study of computer programming. This gives students a fun and interesting way

to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied

in day-to-day life.

The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the

field of computer science. Students with a GCSE in Computer Science, who then

progress to study the subject at A Level or university, will have an advantage over

others who are picking up the subject at these levels.

Costs

N/A

Trips

There are no compulsory trips associated with this course.

Pathways

Further Education:

A Level Computing

University:

Computer Science, Software engineering, Artificial Intelligence

Career:

Programming, computer hardware, network management, engineering,

financial and resource management, science and medicine

Content

Year 10

Year 11

All units are studied in both years

Computer systems (40%)

Systems Architecture

Memory

Storage

Wired and wireless networks

Network topologies and

protocols

System security

System software

Ethical, legal, cultural and

environmental concerns

All units are studied in both years

Computational thinking,

algorithms and programming

(40%)

Algorithms

Programming techniques

Producing robust programs

Computational logic

Translators

Data representation

Programming project (20%)

Programming techniques

Analysis

Design

Development

Testing, evaluation and

conclusions

Computer Science