Computers are an integral part of modern society with technology touching all aspects of life from commerce, healthcare, industry, communication and recreation.
The pace of change and innovation is rapid. Many companies have an urgent need for people who understand this technology, how to create it and how to make effective use of it. This course has real relevance in our modern world. While learners will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, the course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”.
Studying Computer Science will include:
- Network security, including viruses, malware and hacking
- Computer networks and connections
- Memory and storage
- Systems software
- Algorithms and flowcharts
The GCSE in Computer Science is made up of two units both assessed through external examinations. Students can achieve grades 9 -1 on this course.
Unit 1 – Computer Systems – Candidates answer all questions that include a mixture of short and long answers based on Computer Systems (50%, written examination).
Unit 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – Candidates will be required to create algorithms, explain different programming techniques and write program code (50%, written examination).
Is it for me?
Computing gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It provides excellent preparation for higher study and jobs in the field of computer science, and develops critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills through the study of computer programming.
The number of jobs in computing occupations is growing much faster than average, making computer science one of the most viable degree options. It opens the door to highly paid careers: Computer science graduates earn some of the highest starting salaries of any degree.