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

Course description

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YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE SUBJECT FROM EACH OF THE SIX GROUPS, THREE AT HIGHER LEVEL (HL) AND THREE AT STANDARD LEVEL (SL)
Course Content Outline:

The Computer Science Standard Level (SL) programme focuses on software development, 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.

Assessment:

External Assessment – two written papers 65%
Internal Assessment (Program Dossier) 35%
The program dossier is an individual piece of well-documented work involving a problem that can be solved using computer systems. The emphasis is on the use of a logical approach and analytical thinking from definition and decomposition of the problem through to its solution by constructing algorithms in a high-level modular programming language.

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.

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.

Future opportunities

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. Computing requires and develops capabilities in solving deep, multi-dimensional problems requiring imagination and sensitivity to a variety of concerns.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff. To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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

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