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Computer Science at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where you can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems.  It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism

Course content

The course is split into three components:




Content of computer systems

Understand the principles and concepts of Computer Science including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation

2 hours and 30 minutes written paper worth 40%

Algorithms and programming

Apply the principles and concepts of Computer Science to analyse problems in computational terms

2 hours and 30 minutes written paper worth 40%

Programming project

Design, program and evaluate a computer system.

Completion of a programming project worth 20%


Entry requirements

You will need at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE to include English and Mathematics.  A grade B or above in Computing at GCSE, however, prior study of the subject isn’t essential.  These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis.

Future opportunities

Computer Science will help develop logical thinking skills that can be applied later on in life.  The course is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing.  Skills developed with the course can be transferred to any job or future study.  If you wish to continue specifically with Computer Science the course will be a building block for a computer science degree.  This can offer excellent job prospects for the future.  There are also excellent graduate prospects within the subject where currently 93% of graduates find employment.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

You will further develop programming skills from GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.

Further build on computational thinking to develop problem solving skills, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.

Apply academic principles learned to real world systems.

Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.

Mathematical skills

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years