Computing gives you a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. This course will give you an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming.

The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Students who’ve taken a GCSE in Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving you a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.

The course is made up of three units:

Computer Systems and Programming (Examination: 40%)

This unit covers knowledge of computer systems and programming

Practical Investigation (Controlled Assessment: 30%)

An investigative computing task which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation

Programming Project (Controlled Assessment: 30%)

You will need to:

  • Understand standard programming techniques
  • Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to:
    • Develop suitable algorithms
    • Design suitable input and output forms
    • Identify suitable values and structures
    • Identify test procedures
    • Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
    • Test their solution
      • To show functionality
      • To show how it matches the design criteria
      • Identifying successes and any limitations

This course will be suitable for you if you are interested in Computers and Programming and enjoy problem solving.

Staff contacts

  • Mr A Young
  • Mrs E Thompson