Computer Science


Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learnt in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. 

The digital age needs computer scientists; like it or not you’re living in it – this is the Digital Age. Computer programmes have all but infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Computer scientists theorise, design, develop, and apply the software and hardware for the programmes we use day in day out – sounds pretty important to us. 

Course Outline

• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices 

• Software and software development 

• Exchanging data 

• Data types, data structures and algorithms 

• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues 

• Elements of computational thinking 

• Problem solving and programming 

• Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms 

The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification. 

• Analysis of the problem 

• Design of the solution 

• Developing the solution 

• Evaluation 


Exam: Computer systems (40%) 

Exam: Algorithms and programming (40%) 

Coursework: Programming project (20%) 


Minimum grade 5 in Maths, English and preferably a grade 5 in Computer Science GCSE.