Computer Science is about the devices and systems that enable our digital age to exist. It is not a study of the software used every day in offices and homes around the world but more about how these systems actually work, how they do what they do, their limitations, their strengths and the astounding way we humans have adapted basic logical thinking to create such amazing tools.
Over the whole two years you will:
• Learn to program using a high level (3GL) language
• Appreciate the role of binary in storing numerical and non-numerical data
• Understand the use of logic gates and Boolean Algebra
• Grasp how software and hardware work together to form the systems of today
• Visualise how the processor works by studying the Fetch-Execute Cycle
• Know how data can be stored, sorted and searched through
• Study the role of operating systems, explore networking and the way the internet works
• Become aware of the client-side and server-side languages of the web
• Understand how 4GL languages are used to manipulate data or diagnose illnesses
• Produce a complete system from design to evaluation.
Year 1: Two exams (50% of the course at that point).
Year 2: Two papers (40% of the overall grade for each paper).
You will also submit a programmed solution to a problem of your choosing using language of your choice, accounting for 20% of the course.
At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C, we also prefer that your Maths GCSE
result is a minimum of a B/6.