High quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to succeed in our increasingly technological world. Computing has strong links with mathematics, science. It provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
KS4 iGCSE Computer Science
This iGCSE syllabus will develop:
- Computational thinking, that is thinking about what can be computed and how, and includes consideration of the data required
- An understanding of the main principles of solving problems by using computers
- An understanding that every computer system is made up of sub-systems, which in turn consist of further sub-systems
- An understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they interrelate, including software, data, hardware, communications and people
- The skills necessary to apply understanding to solve computer-based problems using a high-level programming language.
KS5 AS and A level Information Technology
In a world where Information Technology (IT) is constantly changing, individuals increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data.
The impact of IT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who understand these new technologies.
This syllabus encourages learners to become effective and discerning users of IT. It helps them to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. Learners study the structure and use of IT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, learners gain an understanding of IT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also learn about the wider impact of IT on society in general. At A Level, learners also study simple programming for the web relevant to their own use of IT.