Computer Science gives you an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work, how they're used, and to develop computer programming and problem-solving skills.
Mrs M Renney
Joint Curriculum Leader
Mr D Short
Joint Curriculum Leader
GCSE Computer Science
Computer systems (written examination, 50%)
Computational thinking (written examination, 50%)
Programming project (20 hours)
Outline of course content:
This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. It will give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works, and a look at what goes on behind the scenes. You will investigate computer programming, and develop critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving skills.
Outline of course structure:
Careers using Computer Science
IT is used in almost every work place you can think of; offices, schools, call centres, factories, warehouses, hospitals, the Armed Forces. The list is endless!
Skills and how the subject relates to work:
To work in the area of IT, you’ll need to be a good problem solver. IT work is usually about sorting out things which have gone wrong, working out how something can be done more effectively, or planning how a task is to be carried out.
IT work often involves being part of a team, so team work skills are important. Communications skills are also essential. You may be dealing with lots of people in an organisation who are not IT specialists, and it’s important you can explain things clearly to them and understand the help they need.
Development jobs: The IT industry is always looking to improve aspects such as hardware, software, and operating systems; everything about it really. Consider how phones, tablets, and laptops have changed in the last five years. If you’ve got the right skills this would be a great job for you.
IT managers: Think about huge organisations such as the NHS, the Armed Forces, Government departments, Local Government, Universities; they all need to make sure they have up to date systems, systems which may need to be upgraded, systems which are virus free, and all managed within a set cost. Is this interesting to you?
‘Tech’ support: Think about any organisation; who makes sure the staff have an IT system they’re able to use? Who helps the staff if things go wrong? Answer: ‘Tech’ support. Some companies employ people on-site to do this, and others use specialist companies (often overseas and it’s all done by phone or ‘remote access’). All the big UK media companies (Virgin, Sky, Plusnet) have call centre support for people using their products.
Websites, multi-media, and interactive systems: What about websites and the internet? Designing, developing, adding graphics, and moving images all require people with IT skills. Most companies now have social media (Facebook and Twitter); who keeps these up to date? Many design and marketing agencies employ people with IT skills to develop websites, produce adverts, and so on.
Print media: IT skills are needed in the magazine and newspaper world. How about setting out the pages of a magazine, or promotional material?
Games, animation, and ‘special effects’: Have you seen the film ‘Gravity’ (set in space)? No-one actually went into space to film it; the main actors didn’t leave the USA but all the images were created in London and the actors superimposed on to them. The people doing this have excellent creative skills but are also IT experts.