This qualification teaches you have to control a computer in order to develop programs, and understand how the hardware and software works together to create a working system.
What will you do?
You will learn how to write instructions in a way that a computer can understand, and learn how to program in Python. These skills are needed to answer one of the exam papers and complete programming tasks in lesson.
You will look at the different components of different computer systems and networks, and understand how they work together to create the computer systems that we use every day in society.
Computer Science is a highly independent subject, where you will need to be motivated to solve problems in a way that a computer could understand. This involves a high level of mathematical skills and being able to break a problem down into smaller, logical steps.
The course also requires that you to be able to apply your knowledge to real world scenarios – so you will have an understanding of how computers work that applies to any computer you use either at school, work or home.
You will study:
- Writing algorithms and learning to write programs to control a computer.
- How a computer system works in terms of input, processes, output and storage; as well as the hardware and software needed to have a functioning computer system.
- How computers talk to each other to create a network.
- You will also look at the legal, ethical and environmental issues that surround computer use in modern society.
How will I be assessed?
At the end of year 11 you will sit two written exam papers.
The exam papers check your understanding of the key words of the topic, and your ability to apply your knowledge to real world scenarios.
How do I find out more?
Ask Miss Fletcher for more information and guidance.