You will study topics that reflect modern developments and the applications of Computer Science including:
• Computing principles
• Algorithms and problem solving
• Computer systems
• Algorithms and programming

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Minimum of Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and GCSE Physics.

You will utilise the skills and knowledge of computing in one of three ways. Firstly, a general understanding of the use of computer technology and systems, which will inform your decisions and support participation in an increasingly technologically dependent society. You will also explore developing the necessary skills and knowledge for you to seek employment in areas that utilise computing, where you may develop skills and knowledge further through practical experience and training. Thirdly, you may choose to continue to develop your knowledge and understanding of computing through entry to higher education, where this qualification will provide a useful foundation for further study of computing or more specialist aspects of computing.

You will be assessed through 2 examinations at the end of Year 2 and a project which will be externally moderated

In today’s workplace, having the knowledge and skills in computing will give you the opportunity to pursue new and exciting careers. You will also learn how you could be instrumental in the conception of computer systems that increasingly shape work and leisure activities.

To meet these career challenges, you must be self-reliant as well as a good communicator and problem solver. You will require interpersonal, academic and technical skills, and must demonstrate an ability to work independently and as part of a team. You will also need to develop an ethical approach to the use of computers. These specifications provide a focus to develop these skills, while ensuring that you acquire a sound knowledge of computing.

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