The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 program of study.
The specification enables learners to develop computational thinking skills built on a sound base of conceptual learning and understanding. This is a very challenging course that will require students to analyse abstract problems, breaking solutions down into logical small steps.
There is the need to learn a computer language (Python) and have a strong interest in the way computers work.
The course is split into 3 main sections:
This section looks at the structural components of a computer system including systems architecture and software, networks and the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.
Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
This section local at fundamental algorithms and programming techniques, computational logic and how data is represented within computer systems
This section requires students to produce a solution to an exam board set task, covering all aspects of the systems development life cycle, from analysis to testing and evaluation.
- Computational thinking, algorithms and programming - 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
- Programming project
- Controlled assessment
Students wanting to take this option will need to have a keen interest in computing, have a good logical mind and enjoy solving problems.