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KS4 Computer Science

This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. While students will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, the course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’.

As part of this, they will investigate computer programming, which many students find interesting. Through this study of computer programming, the course will help students develop computational thinking skills, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

For many, it will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.

In this way, the course will stimulate interest and engagement with technology and technology-related careers.

Due to the challenging nature of this course it is recommended only students who have a minimum target grade of 5 in English and 6 in Mathematics should apply. If you have English or Maths targets lower than this then the BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology would be a great choice!

Assessment Method:

Paper 1 – Computational thinking and problem solving.
(Comprises a 1 hour 30 mins written exam, 80 marks, 40% of total marks.)

Paper 2 – Written assessment (theoretical knowledge).
(Comprises a 1 hour 30 mins written exam, 80 marks, 40% of total marks.)

Non-examined assessment – development and documentation of system.
(Comprises of a single piece of controlled assessment, roughly 20 hours, 20% of total marks.)