AQA Computer Science
Students will follow the AQA GCSE Computer Science specification.
This is a rigorous and challenging qualification that aims to give students a thorough understanding of computational principles. Students will have the opportunity to build their own applications (including those for mobile/tablet) and develop a greater awareness of the rapidly changing computing field. Content covered is wide spread and includes: Software development, robotics and computer structure.
This is a high intensity, mathematically and logic driven course that requires a tolerant aptitude and a methodical approach to solving problems. Students must be willing to invest their time outside of school hours in order to develop their generic IT based skills.
The course offers a multitude of progression opportunities including: further chance to study Computing/Computer Science at A level, apprenticeships or HND courses in a niche area of computing, i.e.( Software Engineering).
Or even, the knowledge to become the C.E.O of your own company!
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook Creator)
studied Computer Science at Harvard University.
Sergey Brin (Google Co-Founder)
studied Computer Science at Stanford University.
(50 Hours Controlled Assessment)
(1 Hour 30 Minute Examination)
The course consists of two core components, (controlled assessment & an examination.)
Students will have fifty hours of controlled assessment to create two tasks from a choice of four. Students will be given a problem and will need to code a solution independently. Tasks are extremely engaging and include contexts such as: gaming, web development and Android/IOS development.
The examination element covers computing fundamentals such as a computer structure, data representation and networking.
Support and direction for students is available continuously throughout the duration of the course by specialist subject staff.