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Computer Science at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

Computer Science gives students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

The course will focus on the fundamentals of programming, building your skills and emphasising the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.


Course content

  • It covers the theory of computation and looks at the architecture of computer systems including networking.
  • It helps students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence whilst applying them to real world systems.
  • The course will have quite a maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course. This should be considered when deciding which course to take.

Entry requirements

  • A high standard of literacy supported a minimum of four GCSEs at grade A*-C. Computing at GCSE is not compulsory but would be advantageous
  • Alternatively a sound interest and experience in programming and computing would be considered.
  • A B grade Maths GCSE would be preferable.


A range of methods will be used to assess your work throughout the course including:

  • Two external exams (likely dependent on exam board)
  • Externally set and marked controlled assessment
  • Practical and written assignments
  • Time-constrained assessments
  • Projects
  • Case Study
  • Written reports


Future opportunities

Computer Science provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to move into Higher Education. It has been recently reviewed by the BCS,CAS and top universities during the development of the new specification that you will be following. It would also give you a suitable insight to embarking on an apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ringwood School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years