Computer Science

Computer Science

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Project Description
Exam Board: OCR
About The Subject: The course will enable leaners to

·       develop an understanding of and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science including; abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation

·       develop the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems including writing programs to do so

·       develop the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

Units Studied: 1.     Computer Systems. Characteristics of contemporary processors. Software and development. Exchanging Data. Data types structures and algorithms. Legal, moral and ethical issues.

2.     Algorithms and Programming. Elements of computational thinking. Problem solving and programming. Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms.

3.     Programming Project. Analysis of the problem. Design of the solution. Developing the solution. Evaluation.

Assessment: Examination and coursework
College Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 good grades at GCSE, including English and maths at a strong pass.   Some experience of programming is desirable.
Subject Specific Requirements: It is not essential to have studied GCSE Computing.  However, a very thorough knowledge of Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Database software is required. A grade 5 or above in maths and English is required.
Career Links: Computing/ICT skills are required an increasing number of careers in all areas of business and industry.  Specific areas include Systems Analysis, Programming, Database management and Management Information Systems