Subject Intent: Why Computer Science?
The computer science curriculum allows students to apply both abstract concepts and mathematics in real world solutions, making the course have a real life and relevant focus. Students are encouraged to look at the role of technology from a moral and ethical viewpoint and link this to the rule of law, and 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.
What will I study?
- 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
- Elements of computational thinking
- Problem solving and programming
- Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms
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What are lessons like in this subject?
Computer science lessons usually begin with a friendly low stakes quiz, retrieval practice or as we move through the course, an exam style question. This is based upon the preview work that is set each week, or from a previous topic from earlier in the course. We then build upon the preview exercises by introducing new concepts and then doing a variety of activities to embed your understanding and clear up any misconceptions.
We work in pairs, groups and individually, this depends upon the activity and if we are doing theory or programming.
The kind of trips you can expect to go on are university visits for students who want to understand what it will be like to study beyond A-Level, but we also get to see technology in action at Amazon and also the EGX games expo in London.
A level computer science is excellent for anyone who wants to know how things work. It combines the theory behind computer systems and actually building them to make a very fun course for anyone with an interest in technology.
Charlie Cottrell, Rodillian Academy