Why Choose Computer Science?
Computer Science is a practical and yet intensely creative subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in class to real world systems. Students will develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. This course provides an excellent grounding for students wanting to study Computer Science or other technical subjects at university. It combines well with Maths or any of the three sciences.
Resources and Facilities
- Two teaching rooms equipped with modern hardware and software
- Drop-in study areas equipped with computers are also available to Computer Science students
Teaching and Learning Styles
A mix of practical and theory lessons
- Practical lessons include programming basics, creating software solutions and coursework
- Theory lessons include topics such as data types and structures, programming languages, computer hardware, networks and web technologies
A trip to Blechley Park - home of Enigma Machine code breaker Alan Turing and a tour of facilities and review of the first computers. In addition we run a Cyber Club following GCHQ's Cyber Discovery programme.
Most of our students will go on to study either Computer Science or a related subject at university.
There will be two equally weighted units (total 80%) assessed by two written papers of 2 hour and 30 minutes each: Computer Systems, Algorithms and Programming. There is also a Programming Project (20%) for students to complete
Course Specifics / Entry Requirements
|Qualification Name||Maths GCSE Req.||English GCSE Req.||Other Req.||Desirable Qualifications||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Computer Science||6||4||Computer Science GCSE grade 5 or above or other evidence of programming.||A Level Maths Average GCSE grade of 5.5 If you do not have a grade 6 or above in Maths but have achieved a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Computer Science you will be advised on an individual basis.||Experience of most common computer applications.|