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Mr J Bard - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief introduction to subject:
The syllabus will be delivered using a variety of teaching and learning methods, such as formal lectures, ﬂipped learning, examination question practice, on-line learning sources, mini research projects and collaborative learning. Homework will be set on a regular basis.
Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and this course allows a flexible, accessible and rigorous qualification to be delivered. This exciting new specification brings the study of Computer Science up to date for the 21st century. It has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre.
The key points of this specification are that:
- It allows great opportunities for practical work
- Practical work can be carried out using a wide range of software and hardware
- It allows for greater flexibility in modes of delivery
- Students can be truly engaged in their studies by becoming active investigators rather than passive learners
- There are greater opportunities for effective personalised learning, target setting and for differentiated outcomes
- It builds on, rather than replicates, students’ computer science knowledge
What our students say
"It’s the way forward for the future."
"I really enjoy the challenge and working to a logical conclusion."
Computer Science - Grade 5
English - Grade 5
Maths - Grade 5
Paper 1 40% This tests your ability to recall theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 01 on the specification. Paper 2 40% Tests your ability to answer questions from subject content 02 in the specification. Non-exam Assessment 20% Assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical problem. Pupils complete an investigative project on a topic of particular interest to them.
Paper 1 (40%)
What is assessed: This paper introduces students to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit (CPU), the exchange of data and will also look at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. It is expected that students will draw on this underpinning content when studying computational thinking, developing programming techniques and devising their own programming approaches.
Paper 2 (40%)
What is assessed: This paper will assess your understanding around computational thinking, including the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving a wide variety of problems. It also examines the principles of solving problems by computational methods in relation to using algorithms to describe problems.
Paper 3 (20%)
What is assessed: The non-exam assessment assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. You will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving.
The specification has been developed for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work, where understanding of how Computer Science is employed and the implications of its use will be a valuable asset.