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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Computer Science

Why study Computer Science?

 

 

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Our Computer Science qualification will be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing and the higher education community.  It will have an open-source ethos allowing you to use any programming language that meets the needs of the course.  Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.  

It’s an intensely creative subject that combines intervention and excitement, that can look at the natural world though a digital prism.  Computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.  These are concepts at the heart of our qualification.

Where does this subject lead me?

This qualification will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at a higher level or even walk straight into a job and will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and our new and exciting Computer Science A-Level are changing with the times.  The new specification will: 

Focus on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.

  • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Allow students to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
  • Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

   

Why our students like this course

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Entry Requirements
A GCSE in this subject and maths Grade 6

Exam Board
AQA