Computer Science Curriculum

Intent

Years 9, 10, 11

QUALIFICATION: Computer science (8520)
AWARDING BODY: AQA

NB: STUDENTS ARE ADVISED THAT THEY SHOULD BE ON TRACK TO ACHIEVE GRADE 7 IN MATHS IN ORDER TO TAKE COMPUTER SCIENCE.

What will I learn?
Computer Science will help you to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the computer works and what you can make it do, exploring networks and system development. You will learn how to write efficient code and build working systems.

How will I learn?
You will participate in a variety of learning approaches including problem solving, hands-on computer access and responding to individual assessment feedback. You will also learn through whole class discussion, paired work and individual practice.

How will I be assessed?
There will be two exam papers, weighted at 40% each, both lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. There is also a non-exam assessment, which forms 20% of the GCSE which is completed over 20 hours within lessons.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Computer Science can lead to any number of careers including graphic design, website design, games developer and software engineering. The problem solving and computational thinking developed throughout this course provides you with skills that are sought after by any number of professions.