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.