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GCSE Computing Option at Ruskin - The Priory Academy

Course description

Course Description

GCSE Computing is designed to encourage students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Students will gain an insight into related sectors while being prepared to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

GCSE Computing enables students to develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts. As they develop students will acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programmes to solve problems using programming. They will use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about the use of different technologies and being aware of the implications of different technologies. They will also acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts to develop computer programs to solve problems working both independently and collaboratively in the context of the systems lifecycle to evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and in a wider context the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.


Special Features

This qualification is a must if you are considering a job in the IT industry such as network management, IT technician, database designer or software engineer. The course has been designed to form a qualification providing knowledge and understanding of computing as a distinct qualification from general ICT and as such should only be considered if a career in IT is something that you are serious about. Due to the academic nature of the course students should only consider this option if targeted to achieve level 6 or above in Mathematics and Science and a level 5 in English Language.

Students will be taught and encouraged to use self-study and using their own experiences to master concepts that they find difficult. The course is both academic and practical in nature and students will have to apply the concepts they learn to answer a set examination paper and to produce a working solution to a given problem.

Future opportunities

If you take a GCSE in Computing and then go on to study the subject at A Level or university, you'll have an advantage over fellow students who are picking up the subject at these higher levels. The increasing importance of information technologies means there'll be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this field. The course is also an excellent preparation if you want to study or work in areas that rely on the skills you'll develop, especially where they're applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ruskin - The Priory Academy directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years