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, cyber security 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 I.T 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.
Component 1 – Computational thinking and Programming Skills (2 hour Examination)
Component 2 – Computing Concepts (1 Hour 45 Minute Examination)
The course consists of two core examined components.
Each examination is worth 50% of the final grade and will assess the pupils knowledge and understanding of computational thinking, problem-solving and programming, alongside 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.