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Key Stage 4 Computer Science

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Why should I study GCSE Computer Science and what will I learn?

Computing is a 'Science' and as such is recognised as a high-quality academic subject and held in high regard by Colleges and Universities. Computational thinking skills can be applied in all your subjects and this course would be very suitable if you enjoy mathematics and physics, but also a keen interest in computers. The GCSE course is divided into two examinations and a non-examined assessment covering a wide range of topics:

Component 1 (40%) will introduce the principles of Computer Science, covering:

  • Algorithms
  • Binary and data representation
  • Interpreting pseudo-code
  • Computer networks
  • Trends in computing technologies

Component 2 (40%) will introduce computational thinking, focusing on:

  • Developing program codes and constructs
  • Datatypes
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Operators and subprograms

Component 3 (20%) is a project which students will develop a computer program, focusing on:

  • Algorithms
  • Decomposition and abstraction

Students will design, write, test and refine a program.

You will need to be resilient and prepared to 'think out of the box'. Those who have a logical mind, enjoy solving problems and who want to delve beneath the casing of a computer will find this course very enjoyable and rewarding.

What future opportunities can this course lead to?

Students choosing this course will be well prepared to take an A level or equivalent Computer Science, Engineering or ICT qualification in the Post 16 Centre or other further education establishments.

How will my work be assessed?

We aim to make lessons engaging and diverse through investigations, discussion and group work. The course will be challenging with students needing a high level of patience and problem solving skills to sift through code to overcome errors.​

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about Computing please speak to your Computing Teacher or contact options@penistone-gs.uk.

Cambridge National Certificate in ICT

The use of computers, electronic devices and smart phones impacts on our daily lives and employers in almost any of today's industries who value a qualification which demonstrates that you can use technology effectively.

You will complete a combination of three internally assessed units and an externally marked exam, giving you the opportunity to develop key skills important to your future academic studies and employment.

Unit 1 will introduce Computer Systems and how they meet business needs, covering:

  • Features and purpose
  • Networks
  • Data capture and validation
  • Legislations
  • Data security threats

Unit 2 will introduce ICT to create business solutions, focusing on:

  • Editing and manipulating spreadsheets
  • Database development

Unit 3 will develop your digital imagery skills, focusing on:

  • Interpreting a client brief
  • Creating and manipulate digital images according to a brief

The final unit will introduce data handling, focusing on:

  • Query development
  • Validation rules
  • User interface development

You will develop your research, investigation and presentation skills along with time management. Students will also develop their self-reflection skills and ability to work independently and to agreed deadlines.

How will my work be assessed?

The courses is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction at Distinction* which is equivalent to a full GCSE. We aim to make lessons engaging and diverse through investigations, discussion and group work, along with independent challenges.

What future opportunities can this course lead to?

This course will enable you to continue your ICT skills development, providing a strong foundation to progress on to Level 3 ICT courses in subject areas including Creative and Digital Media and Web Development.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about Computing please speak to your computing teacher, or contact options@penistone-gs.uk.​

Key Stage 5 Computing

 

what will i learn about icon.jpgChoosing A Level Computer Science will provide students with a stimulating study of computer science fit for the 21st century which will enable them to progress within the IT industry; equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to continue with university programs or progress on to industry qualifications such as Microsoft and Cisco.

The course:

· Focuses on effective programming techniques in Python and Pseudo code and builds on programming techniques studied in GCSE Computing.

· Puts computational thinking at its core and will appeal to those who enjoy solving problems, designing systems and investigating human and machine intelligence.

· Provides opportunities for students to investigate and debate recent advancements in computer science.

· Allows students to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner through an independent project with a client.

· Demonstrates how principles from other subjects such as Mathematics and Physics are combined with computational theory to enable computer systems to process and store data.

In Year 1 students will study:
· Theory of Computer System Fundamentals
· Effective Programming Techniques and Logical Methods

In Year 2 students will study:
· Advanced Computer Science Theory
· Developing a Computing Project (NEA)

The course will appeal to students curious about how the incredible technology they use on a daily basis works.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about Computing please contact Miss D Cusworth, Course Leader for Comuting