Rickmansworth School GCSE Pathway 3 Option Booklet

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Computer Science

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 Students will need access to a computer at home. Python programming language is free to download

Trips There are no compulsory trips associated with this course.

Pathways Further Education: A Level Computing University: Computer Science, Software engineering, Artificial Intelligence Career: Programmer, Computer Hardware, Network Manager, Engineer, Financial and Resource Manager, Science and Medicine careers

Content Content is studied across both Year 10 and 11.

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Computer systems (40%)

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (40%)

Programming Project (20%)

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Systems Architecture

Programming techniques

Memory Storage

Analysis

Algorithms

Design

Wired and wireless networks Network topologies and protocols System security System software

Programming techniques

Development

Producing robust programs Computational logic

Testing, evaluation and conclusions

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