Computer Science

WHY STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE?

Did you know that Sir Tim Berners-Lee was the inventor of the World Wide Web – and that he is British? Britain is seen as the talent hotspot for technological advance. This course will teach you how computer hardware functions and how to write computer programs – giving you a sound starting point for going on to play a key role in future technological advance.
 

WHAT DOES IT PREPARE ME FOR IN THE FUTURE?

The course would open the door to A Level Computer Science and the pathway to a career in creating the technology of the future, for example as a programmer. Universities are increasingly investing in developing Computer Science degree courses that will give you the opportunity to compete in the very challenging and rewarding computing job market.
 

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will:

  • Develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding how they work and applying this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts
  • Acquire and apply technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
  • Use your knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become an independent and discerning user of IT, and be able to make informed decisions about the use of different technologies
  • Understand the implications of these technologies on the user
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts
  • Develop computer programs to solve problems
  • Develop the skills to work collaboratively
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.
 

WHAT SKILLS WILL I ACQUIRE?

  • Technical skills relating to computer hardware and operating systems
  • Skills to successfully complete investigations of a variety of computer technologies
  • Computing problem-solving skills
  • An understanding of computer programming languages such as, Python, Java, or C++.
 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED?

Unit 276/01 Computer systems 40%
Unit 276/02 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 40%
Unit 276/03/04 Non examined Assessment (NEA) - Programming Project 20%