Computer Science and ICT

Course Information

At Key Stage 5 we offer a variety of options ranging from an A Level course in Computer Science to courses in Game Design, Networked Systems Security or 3D Modelling.

Our Computer Science qualification will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. The course focuses on programming with the emphasis on the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.

• It puts computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
• It also applies all the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.

Our AS and A Level Computer Science and ICT qualifications inspire and challenge students to apply the knowledge they gain along with the creative and technical skills they acquire.

AS Level Computer Science

  • 01 Computing principles - This component will be a structured question paper with a mix of question types. It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:
    • Operating systems
    • Introduction to programming
    • Data types, structures and algorithms
    • Exchanging data and web technologies
    • Using Boolean algebra
    • Legal and ethical issues
  • 02 Algorithms and Problem solving – This component will be a structured question paper with a mix of question types. It will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:
    • Elements of computational thinking
    • Programming techniques
    • Software development methodologies
    • Algorithms
    • Standard algorithms

A Level Computer Science

  • 01 Computer systems - This component will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following:
    • Software and its development
    • Types of programming languages
    • Data types, representation and structures
    • Exchanging data and web technologies
    • Following algorithms
    • Using Boolean algebra
    • Legal, moral and ethical issues
  • 02 Algorithms and Programming - This component will feature:
    • Traditional questions concerning computational thinking.
    • Elements of computational thinking
    • Programming and problem solving
    • Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition
    • Algorithm design and efficiency
    • Standard algorithms
    • There will be a scenario/task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task, which will involve problem solving.

03 Programming project – Students can select their own user-driven problem of an appropriate size and complexity to solve. This will enable them to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the Assessment Objectives. Students will analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and give a thorough evaluation.

Other courses

We offer a range of courses and units which allow our students to develop their ICT skills, becoming expert users and creators. Some of the units we offer include:

  • Programming for computer games
  • Computer games production
  • Computer games technology
  • Digital business communication, collaborative working and problem solving
  • Digital imaging and photography
  • Music technology
  • Creating a digital showcase
  • Networks
  • Advanced spreadsheets and databases

Progression

These courses give students a wide choice of progression into higher education, further study, training or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete either qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees and BTEC Higher National Diplomas in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management.

Entry Requirements

It is not mandatory for students to have followed a Computing or ICT based course at KS4. However GCE Computer Science is a natural progression from KCSE Computing course and, as such, is ideally suited to those who have successfully completed this qualification. The ICT option path would be suitable for those students who have successfully completed the GCSE ICT but could also accommodate students with a good range of GCSE results (grade B) who are committed to improving their ICT skills or have an interest in the subject.

Career Pathway

Jobs directly related to your degree include: Database Administrator, Information Systems Manager, IT consultant, IT technical support officer, Multimedia programmer, Network engineer, Systems analyst, and Systems developer.

Jobs where your degree would be useful include: Applications developer, Geographical information systems officer, IT sales professional and Management consultant.

Should you like to receive any additional information on this course please contact

Miss Del Hughes – Learning Lead
dhughes@newent.gloucs.sch.uk

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