Why Choose Computing?
There are various reasons to study Computing, but the main reason is that it is guaranteed to equip students with valuable skills and knowledge for a solid foundation, for any career they wish to pursue in the future. These skills can also be developed further at higher education and for a future career in the industry to work with variety of technologies, such as web design and games development. The courses offered at Townley are engaging and enjoyable to study. Designed to nurture digital literacy and provide the student with up-to-date skills and an excellent understanding of the rapidly developing digital world.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum prepares students for the demands of the GCSE syllabus, where Computer Science course is offered at GCSE.
OCR GCSE Computer Science
Students will have experienced some theoretical knowledge of computer systems and basic programming through their Computer Science lessons in Year 9. This course is challenging yet it offers a fun and interesting way to develop skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and applied in day-to-day life.
Students are helped to improve analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming.
The course provides excellent preparation for study in higher education and employment in the field of Computer Science that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems. Careers include engineering, financial, science and medicine.
“I took Computer Science because I knew that there is a high demand for it in the workplace, but also because I really enjoy solving problems and using logic. Also, I enjoy being creative, so Computer Science combines those two aspects as you get to make your own programs from scratch but also you have a lot of problems to solve to get them to work. I actually enjoy it when something doesn’t work and you have to really twist your brain to come up with a solution! There can be so many ways to solve a problem and there is never just one answer. The feeling when you have written some code that solves a problem is fantastic! I find the theory fascinating and am considering taking Computer Science at A level after my GCSEs. I would recommend this subject for students who are good at subjects like Maths or Science and are both logical and creative.”
Tharushi Wijesena, Year 12
OCR GCSE Computer Science Course Components:
This new specification is split into three components:
Component 01 – Computer Systems (40% of total GCSE)
Just how do computers work? How can we keep safe whilst using computers? This first component is an exam focused on computer systems covering the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory.
Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (40% of total GCSE)
How can we get computers to solve problems? How do computers run and store the programs we write? This component is focused on the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles.
Component 02 – Programming Project (non-exam assessment) (20% of total GCSE)
Programming in action! This component is the non-exam assessment where you will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned.
Related Careers / A Level progression
This Computer Science qualification will, above all else, be relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science. Computer Science is a practical subject where you can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. This qualification values computational thinking, helping you to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. You will be equipped with lifelong skills that you can use in a whole variety of A Level courses, including A Level Computer Science, as well as enabling you to work in Technology companies large and small anywhere in the world.