What is it?
Computer science consists of computer systems, algorithms and programming including a programming project. You will develop problem-solving skills by applying the knowledge and understanding encountered.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
Visual Basic is the programming language of choice embedded into the curriculum. You will also have access to the 6Advance programming club to help enhance your programming skills.
What skills will I develop?
- An understanding of and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science including; abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems including writing programs to do so.
- The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
- Mathematical skills.
- The ability to articulate the individual moral, social, ethical, legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.
How will I be taught?
- Component 1 contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding. Lessons are both theoretical and practical with elements of group work.
- Component 2 relates principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding encountered in Component 1.
- Programming project component 3 is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language.
How will I be assessed?
- Component 1 – Computer Systems – 140 Marks – 2 hours and 30 minutes – written paper.
- Component 2 – Algorithms and programming – 140 Marks – 2 hours and 30 minutes – written paper.
- Component 3 – Programming project – 70 marks – non-exam assessment.
The teacher has experience in the programming industry.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
Programming club BAE Apprenticeships
Where does it lead?
Students willing to take computing further usually end up studying a computer science related degree course at university. Some students may choose to go straight into industry with fantastic apprenticeship opportunities with various employers ranging from BAE Systems to Capgemini.
No specific requirements.
What will I study?
- Component 1 – Computer Systems – Software development, data types, structures, algorithms, legal issues.
- Component 2 – Algorithms and programming – Computational thinking, problem-solving and programming, algorithms to solve problems.
- Component 3 – Programming project – the learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification; analysis; design; development and evaluation.
Grade 5 in GCSE in Maths and grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
An interest in programming.