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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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Overview

Computing is a challenging EBacc subject which uses mathematics and logic to solve real world problems which could include writing apps for your mobile phone, simulating the experiments you have carried out in the traditional sciences, developing the databases which drive websites such as Facebook or even the school registration system.

Awarding Organisation: Pearson

Reformed/Linear A-Level: No

More information: Mr D Stephenson

 

Entry Requirements

 4 or more GCSE’s at Grades D-E (3+)

 

Curriculum

In addition to gaining an in-depth understanding of how computer and communications systems work you will also learn how to program in at least one language (vb.net or python), develop databases solutions and implement simple networks. Each topic studied will include both practical and theoretical elements that will stretch and challenge all students.

 

Assessment

Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving - Practical - External Examination (40%)

Paper 2: Theory of Computer Science – Written paper - External examination (40%)

Programming Project – Controlled Assessment (20%)‚Äč

 

Post 18 Opportunities

This course, with its emphasis on practical and creative skills in ICT and business alongside problem solving and analytical thinking is an good foundation for those who wish to enter higher education, modern apprenticeships or business. The skills gained on this course will support students no matter where their future takes them. 

 

Expenses

Students are required to purchase text books but we will provide all the software needed for the course.