This is a new course for students who particularly enjoy or would like to learn about programming computers. It is suited to
students who have a logical and analytical mind and who are keenly interested to know more about how computers work and
operate. Although it is very much a ‘hands-on’ course with students using computers to produce two pieces of coursework,
they will also study computing concepts and theory.
Through this course students can:
- Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work
- Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs
- Become an independent and discerning user of IT
- Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts
- Develop computer programs to solve problems
- Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of computer technology in society
Component 1 - Coursework (60%)
In Year 10 students will work on a practical investigation set by the Examination Board which accounts for 30% of the final grade. Year 11 students have freedom to choose from a range of programming projects set by the board and again this piece of work accounts for 30% of the final grade.
Component 2 - Examination (40%)
Theory work is studied in Year 10 and revised in Year 11. There is one exam paper taken at the end of Year 11 which accounts for 40% of the final grade.
Although there is no requirement, it is desirable to have studied GCSE Computing if you wish to study A-Level Computing