‘The Science of Problem Solving’

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Why choose Computer Science at Priestlands?

The course gives you a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. You will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere.

However, this course will give you an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming.

The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving you a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course provides excellent preparation for those who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills.


What will you study?

  • Binary logic
  • How input, output devices and memory work
  • CPU Architecture
  • Software
  • Representation of data including text, number, sound, image
  • Database concepts
  • Networks and the Internet
  • Features of programming and how to program
  • Computer systems and programming

How am I assessed?

  • Computer Systems (Written Exam) 50%
  • Computational Thinking (Written Exam) 50%

What skills do I need?

In order to be successful on the Computer Science course you should be:

  • A good problem solver
  • Able to break larger problems into smaller components
  • Independently motivated and passionate about Computers
  • Resilient
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