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Computer Science

“Don’t Just Play On Your Phone, Program It.” Barack Obama

 

A high-quality computer science education equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computer science shares deep links with mathematics, science, and design & technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

In computer science students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computer Science also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

All students are taught to:

  • design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
  • understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking and use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
  • use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures; and design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions
  • understand simple Boolean logic and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and carry out simple operations on binary, octal and hexadecimal numbers
  • understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other computer systems
  • understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally
  • undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of users
  • create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns

Students studying computer science for GCSE develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills. Students study multiple aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career.