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Group Four IB Computer Science HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

The Computer Science Standard Level (SL) programme focuses on software development in Java, fundamentals of computer systems and the relationship between computing systems and society. The Higher Level (HL) programme encompasses all these but is extended to include: computer mathematics and logic, advanced data structures, objects and their use in problem solutions, further system fundamentals, the system life cycle and file organisation. Both courses have a strong scientific slant and require a sound grasp of Mathematics – previous Computing experience (GCSE/CiDA) is not required.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.




Higher Level, students have to complete:

Paper 1 (General Computing)         – 40%
Paper 2 (Object Programming)       – 20%
Paper 3 (Scenario based)                 – 20%

Internal Assessment (Coursework) – 20%


Future opportunities

Where will it lead?


At the end of the course you will be equipped with life-long skills that you can use in a whole variety of areas: from management to consulting, from programming to information systems administration, from IT degrees to any degree

Further information

What skills will you gain?


You will learn how computers work together in building networks like the internet, how teams of people build systems worth hundreds of millions of pounds, and how computers can be made to behave like people, among many other topics. You will also learn about how to work together in groups, and what your professional responsibilities are to your classmates, clients, and society.


Why do this subject?


Computer science teaches you how to use computers to make the world work as it does. You will learn how to make a computer behave how you want -- this might be making a robot move something from one end of a room to another, it might be making a calculation which saves someone's life in a medical ward, or it could be creating a whole new world through building pictures or sound or building a computer system so that other people can do this.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years