This course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology; however, this course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.
This course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. The increasing importance of information technology means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area.
The course is divided into two parts:
Paper 1 – Computational Thinking and Problem Solving
A written examination lasting 2 hours and contributing 50% towards the final grade.
Paper 2 – Written Assessment
A written examination lasting 1 hour 45 minutes and contributing 50% towards the final grade.
This course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving 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.
Progression to Post 16
You would choose this course if you are interested in developing computer programs and writing code to create applications. You could also choose this course if you are simply interested in how a computer program functions ‘behind the scenes’. However, this course is not the same as traditional ‘ICT’ – you need to be both interested and good at maths to be successful in this qualification.
The faculty would encourage students successful on this course to consider the Computer Science A Level as an option for Post 16 studies. However, students may decide to consider a Level 3 IT qualification, as a second choice.