What is Computer Science about?
“The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.” — Bill Gates
Education should help you find employment and fulfilment in a rapidly changing ethos. Computer Science provides pupils with an understanding of how the digital world works and how to adapt with the rapid change. With Computer Science, pupils are equipped with skills which help to prepare them for jobs that don’t yet exist.
What do we teach in Computer Science and why?
Pupils will learn about real world impact of computer systems on individuals, organisations and society. It is also a creative subject, combining invention and excitement. We aspire to helps students develop problem-solving skills, design and program systems and understand the power and limitations of human and machine intelligence, so that they can be part of shaping the future. Our curriculum has been designed to visit seven key domains throughout their journey: Algorithms, Programming constructs, Problem solving, Networks, hardware, Data representation and Digital literacy. Having a strong understanding of all seven domains will allow for confident computer scientists, ready to tackle real would issues computationally.
What does the Computer Science enable our students to do?
How is the curriculum structured in Computer Science?
At KS3, Computer Science is a compulsory subject that is studied one hour a week. Should students wish to continue their journey into KS4 (GCSE, OCR J277), students will receive 3 hours a week of Computer Science lessons. The GCSE is split into two exam papers, both worth 50%. Students will also be exposed to a 20 hour programming project to demonstrate their skills in analysing, designing, implementing, testing and evaluating a computational problem. KS5 (Full A-Level, OCR H446) students will receive 5 hours of lessons a week. The A-Level is split into three. Two exams worth 40% each and coursework worth 20%. For their coursework, students have the freedom to create a complex programming project of their choice.
What specifications do we follow?
GCSE: OCR (J276)
A-LEVEL: OCR H446A
What are the links between Computer Science and other subjects?
Computer Science is naturally born from mathematicians, and therefore has a lot of links to Mathematics. From looking at different base systems (binary and hexadecimal) to Boolean algebra. One of the biggest advancements in Computer Science happened at Bletchley Park during the second world war. This therefore has links with what students learn in History. Computer Science and business also have many links such as financial modelling, legislation on handling data, and how data analysis is done to “mine” customer data in order to increase profits. Finally, it also has a lot of links with the Sciences. Especially physics, were students learn about logic circuits and gates.
Computer Science can also count towards of the Sciences needed to achieve the English baccalaureate (EBacc).
What are the future careers students can take when they study Computer Science?
Computer scientists have excellent graduate employment prospects, with higher than average earning potential. Every industry uses computers, so naturally computer scientists can work in any. Problems in science, engineering, health care, and so many other areas can be solved by computers. Common roles for graduates include computer programmer, software designer and engineer, financial analyst, scientific researcher, data analyst, games designer, network manager.
What extra-curricular activities can students take part when you study Computer Science?
Coding Clubs, trips to the national museum of Computing (Bletchley Park), Competitive games club.