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Computer Science at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

Taking GCSE computing to the next Level. This course is to prepare you to be able to study a variety of computing related courses at university. This is a newly accredited up to date course in which Computer Science is presented as a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.

Skills Needed

You will need a logical mind and a good grasp of Maths and experience of Programming. You will want to extend these existing skills and have a desire to program at an advanced Level.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Computing Principles:

The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices.

• Software and software development

• Programming

• Exchanging data

• Data types, data structures and algorithms

• Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues

Unit 2: Algorithms and Problem Solving:

• Elements of computational thinking

• Problem solving and programming

• Algorithms

Year 2

Unit 1: Computer Systems
 
The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices. 
 
• Software and software development
 
• Exchanging data
 
• Data types, data structures and algorithms
 
• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.
 
Unit 2: Algorithms and Problem Solving
 
• Elements of computational thinking
 
• Programming and problem solving
 
• Pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition
 
• Algorithm design and efficiency
 
• Standard algorithms
 
Unit 3: PROGRAMMING PROJECT

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English

GCSE Grade B Maths

GCSE Grade B Computing

 

Assessment

Year 1

Unit 1: Computing Principles:

1hr 15 mins written paper (50%)

Unit 2: Algorithms and Problem Solving:

1hr 15 Mins written paper (50%)

The majority of the questions are short answer with two or three 9 mark questions on each paper.

Year 2
 
Unit 1: Computing Principles:
 
2hr 30 mins written paper (40%).
 
Unit 2: Algorithms and Problem Solving:
 
2hr 30 Mins written paper (40%).
 
The majority of the questions are short answer with two or three 9 mark questions on each paper.
 
Unit 3: Programming Project: (20%)

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

There are opportunities to attend Master classes and 'Taster Days' at some of the local universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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