Why Computer Science?

Take a look at the world around you. How close to a computer are you? When was the last time you used one? Life without computers is almost unimaginable. The power of computers is utilised in all areas of life, from medicine to space exploration. Computer Science goes way beyond just writing code. Steve Jobs (Apple Co-Founder) once remarked..

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think”.
Steve Jobs (Apple Co-Founder)

By studying this highly valued EBacc subject you will develop the skills and knowledge to give you that competitive advantage in any future career. You will develop computational thinking skills such as analysis, decomposition, logic and algorithmic thinking.

“Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill used by everyone by the middle of the 21st Century. Just like reading, writing and arithmetic”.
Wing (2011)

What will you learn?

Computer Science is an intellectually challenging yet very practical and rewarding subject. It is an intensely creative subject where you can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in exciting and inventive ways.

You will learn to:

$1·       think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

$1·       apply the principles of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic and data representation.

$1·       analyse problems in computational terms and solve them by designing, writing and debugging programs.

$1·       apply mathematical skills relevant to computation

How will you be assessed?

You will be assessed by a mixture of written exam (80%) and programming project work (20%).

Is this GCSE for you?

Computer Science is at the centre of a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) education. Studying this subject will give you a real advantage in today’s technology driven world.  You will make the leap from using other people’s software to being able to design and create your own. Maybe you could invent the next Facebook or Snap Chat? GCSE Computer Science will give you the skills to become a Technology Entrepreneur…but even more than this, it will give you the skills you need for any career because Computer Science teaches you how to think.

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