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Computer Science - EBACC
Why should you choose Computer Science
The GCSE in Computer Science is a dynamic and exciting qualification that will help prepare you for the future. Whatever you choose to do in the future (6th Form at Phoenix, College, Apprenticeship or finding a Job) you will certainly need and use ICT skills. The vast majority of employers place a high value on ICT qualifications which illustrates skills in business applications and communication software. Most employers will require some form of evidence that you are ICT literate and even at interview for University or a Job you may be asked to give a digital presentation. Within this qualification you will develop ICT skills to improve your presentation of work in other subjects and be able to demonstrate the skills you have learned to improve your earning power in the future.
Computing involves everyone, in every walk of life, so your career opportunities are endless. If you anticipate any kind of work in the computing industry - Graphics / Games Programmer/ Designer, Network Engineer, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Systems Analyst, Medical Scientist - then Computer Science is highly appropriate.
What else could you get out of Computer Science?
Students who have taken a GCSE in Computer Science and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or University will have a significant advantage over other students who have not studied this subject.
How is the course assessed?
The GCSE in Computer Science has 2 assessment components:
- Paper 1: Written assessment on Computational thinking and problem solving 50%
- Paper 2: Written assessment on theoretical knowledge from subject content 50%
Attitudes to Learning
A Good work ethic is essential as the tasks you will be presented with are real, and will develop skills that you will use in later life. The expertise you will build will last you a lifetime and we will stimulate you with exciting projects and interesting use of top line software packages, as used in the majority of businesses and commercial companies.
~ You must be in Set 1 in Maths and Science to be able to understand course content~