Computer Science is a recent addition to the school’s GCSE portfolio and is currently taught outside the regular timetable. The course will be offered as a regular, scheduled subject from September 2017.
A Computer Science qualification is, above all, integral to one of the most crucial and rapidly-evolving aspects of modern life. The subject is a practical one in which pupils can apply to real-world problems the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom. It is also excitingly creative, involving a high degree of invention, exploration and innovation.
Our Computer Science GCSE will value computational thinking, helping pupils to develop the skills necessary to solve problems and to design systems that do so.
These skills will represent the best possible preparation for pupils who wish to study Computer Science at AS, A-Level and beyond. The qualification will also provide a good grounding for other subjects that require logical thinking and analytical skills.
The course will enable pupils to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
They will learn how to analyse problems in computational terms through hands-on involvement in the design, writing and debugging of programs.
They will learn how to apply relevant mathematical skills to Computer Science and to think creatively, logically, analytically and critically.
They will come to understand the component elements of digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
Importantly, they will consider the subject in the wider context, exploring the impact of digital technology upon the individual and society in general.
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We plan to launch an A-Level course in Computer Science when the first pupils complete their GCSE in September 2018.