Computer Science

Subject Intent: Why Computer Science?

The Computer Science curriculum allows students to apply both abstract concepts and mathematics in real world solutions, giving the course a real life and relevant focus. Students are encouraged to look at the role of technology from a moral and ethical viewpoint, to link this to the rule of law, and to explore how technology aligns with our fundamental British values, and beyond to a worldwide audience. Computer Science qualifications also address the shortage in the UK jobs market, preparing our students for a wide range of degree courses, apprenticeships, and future roles in an ever-evolving and exciting sector.

Why should I study this subject?
Computer Science covers the technical aspects of computers, such as architecture, networking, database, and programming as well as the theory of computation and the moral, ethical, legal, and cultural issues surrounding the subject. It is an intensely creative subject that enables students to develop skills in analysis, problem solving, invention and innovation. The subject encourages students to investigate the relationship between the natural and the digital worlds. It has been designed for students who have a strong interest in problem solving, maths and computer programming.

What will I study?

Unit 1
• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
• Software and software development
• Exchanging data
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

Unit 2
• Elements of computational thinking
• Problem solving and programming
• Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

“The course is challenging and rewarding. Anyone with a passion for computer science will find the content stimulating.”
Spencer Hall – Outwood Academy Hemsworth