Computer Science at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
The Computer Science course will be attractive to students who are interested in or excited by technology. It will also appeal to those thinking of Engineering, Maths or Science and can be taken as part of a broad range of options. The Computer Science curriculum is wide-ranging, and includes both theory and practical skills. You will not be expected to have completed any high-level programming before you start, as we will teach you to write your own programs.
Studying Computer Science at A Level will be a real asset to almost any future career path. For example students who study Computing can go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science. Progression from Computer Science A Level can be to an undergraduate course in ‘Computing’ itself or ‘Software Engineering’, (subjects offered by almost every university and college in the country) or in a specialism (Business Computing, E-Commerce, Computer Graphics, Animation, Audio Technology, Forensics, etc.) or as one of the many combinations with other subjects.
Students who study Computer Science will develop their problem-solving ability in a computing context, as well as developing communication skills and discovering new ways to use and analyse information. The emphasis of the course is on computational thinking, which is a type of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally is an important life skill and involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world.
Paper 1 (40%): Programming, Data Structures, Algorithms, Theory of Computing
Paper 2 (40%): Data Representation, Computer Systems, Computer Architecture, Networking and Big Data
NEA (20%): The Practical Project
General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics. In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted.
Subject specific GCSE requirements: Grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics. Examination Board: AQA
From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:
Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme
Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)
Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.
All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maidstone Grammar School for Girls directly.