KS4 | Computer Science

Head of Department:

Miss C Bozkurt

Key Stage  Four Overview

Students choose to study Computer Science as a GCSE within the year 9 option system.  Within KS4 the students have 6 periods per timetable cycle in year 9, 10 and 11 and they follow the Aqa GCSE Computer Science Course. The students study the following topics: Subject content: Fundamentals of algorithms, Programming, Fundamentals of data representation, Computer systems, Fundamentals of computer networks, Fundamentals of cyber security,  Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy, Aspects of software development and a Programming project. They will be assessed on two papers and a programming project.

Within year 12 students have the option to study Aqa A Level Computer Science. The students study the following topics: Fundamentals of programming, Fundamentals of data structures, Fundamentals of algorithms, Theory of computation, Fundamentals of data representation, Fundamentals of computer systems, Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture, Consequences of uses of computing, Fundamentals of communication and networking, Fundamentals of databases, Big Data, Fundamentals of functional programming, Systematic approach to problem solving and an non-exam assessment – the computing practical project.

Within year 12 students also have the option to study the L3 BTEC National Extended certificate in IT. Equivalent in size to one A Level.  This qualification consists of 4 units: One exam unit: Information Technology Systems and three coursework units: Creating systems to manage information, Using Social Media in Business and Website Development.