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Prince William School

KS4 Curriculum

The new 9-1 Computer Science course is both a creative and practical subject – students will be able to use the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom on real-world problems.

Students will create valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace. The course consists of three components:

COMPONENT 1 – Computer Systems. Exam Paper, 1.5 hours. Worth 40%.

• How processors work.

• Computer memory and storage.

• Modern network layouts and how they function.

• Cyber security.

• How types of software are used within computer systems.

• How computers and computing affect ethical, legal, cultural and environmental issues.

COMPONENT 2 - Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming. Exam paper, 1.5 hours. Worth 40%

• Fundamental algorithms in computer science.

• Programming techniques.

• Producing programs through diagrams.

• Testing programs to make them resistant to misuse.

• Exploring Boolean algebra (AND, OR, NOT).

• Storing data within computers in binary form.

COMPONENT 3 – A Programming Project. 20 hours (under exam condition). Worth 20%
• Use new-found programming skills on an independent coding project by solving a real-world problem of their choice.