The Computer Studies team comprises:
Mr Sam Wickins (Head of Department)
Mr Matt Whitworth
What do students study?
AS and A Level Computing cover the following areas of study:
Students gain an appreciation of computing fundamentals, including hardware, software, the presentation, structure and management of data, how data is transmitted and networked, the life cycle of systems development, the characteristics of information systems, and the implications of computer use.
Programming Techniques and Logical Methods:
Students gain an appreciation of designing solutions to particular problems, how procedural programs are structured, the types of data and data structures, the common facilities of procedural languages, how to write maintainable programs, and how to test and run solutions.
Advanced Computing Theory:
Students learn to understand the function of operating systems, the function and purpose of translators, how computer architectures are structured, how data is represented, how data is structured and manipulated, high-level language programming paradigms, low-level languages and how databases function.
Through coursework, students gain an understanding of definition, investigation and analysis, system design, software development and testing, documentation, evaluation and how to produce written reports covering these topics.
How are students assessed?
The exam board is OCR. Students are assessed as follows:
Contact Mr Sam Wickins, Head of Department for further information: