GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science is an exciting and creative subject at Ashbourne. Ruchi Agarwal, Head of Faculty for Finance and Computing, offers our students expert tuition and guidance on developing the technical understanding, skills and language to create computer-based solutions and programs with practical, real-world applications.

Student use the latest iMacs and will become familiar with the industry-standard programming languages including Python, Javascript, HTML and CSS.

Why study Computer Science?

Almost every aspect of our lives is affected by computers, from how we travel to school and manage our social lives to vast networks that control global communication, trade, finance and transportation. In fact, using computers has become so integral to our daily lives it would be difficult to imagine life without them.

Understanding how computing shapes our world and learning the skills necessary to be a part of this digital revolution is vital for everyone. Studying Computer Science is a key pathway for young people to secure their role in a rapidly evolving job market that already demands high levels of computing skill and literacy.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the Cambridge International specification for IGCSE Computer Science. This specification allows students the opportunity of taking this subject in one or two years.

What is covered in this course?

This course covers the theory of computer science as well as practical problem solving and programming.

Students will examine how computer systems are composed, function, what they can achieve, and the data types required to accomplish tasks. They will also learn different techniques to approach computer-based problem solving using high-level programming language like Python.

Students will also examine the pressing issues of cyber security and ethics.

TheoryProblem solving and programming

This part of the course constitutes 60% of the final examine and includes: data representation, communication and internet technologies, hardware and software, security and ethics.

This part of the course constitutes 40% of the final examine and includes: algorithm design and problem-solving, programming and databases.

Who teaches this course?

Ruchi Agarwal

Head of Faculty for Finance and Computing

PGCE (Institute of Education, London); Masters in Computer Applications (MCA, India); B.Com Hons (India)

Ruchi joined Ashbourne in 2012 and is a key senior member of staff. She began teaching ICT and Computing in the UK in 2001 and completed her PGCE in ICT at the Institute of Education, University of London. Ruchi continually strives to improve teaching strategies for best outcomes and is passionate about promoting Computer Science. In addition to her love for Bollywood, Ruchi enjoys reading fiction and aspires to play badminton well.

Textbooks

Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science by David Watson and Helen Williams.
Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science Study and Revision Guide by David Watson and Helen Williams.

 

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
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I loved the casualness between teacher and student and also I loved the fact that I was essentially, the one responsible for myself and parents were not frequently contacted for any reason i.e to sign up for clubs etc. The responsibility- to turn up on time, to hand in homework on time, to revise effectively- all being left to me, really spurred on me to be productive and hard working. I hope to eventually be working in the city as a trader for a large bank, after doing this in the short term I hope to take money I have saved and open a fashion retail store that stocks up and coming brands in London somewhere. I genuinely feel like Ashbourne has given me the confidence i once lacked to be able to do this
MilunPhilosophy, Politics and Economics at University of Leeds
Our daughter has surely improved her knowledge in the chosen subjects but also her ability in dealing with her everyday life
Ashbourne is a wonderful place to teach and an even better place to study. The staff treat the students as adults and the mutual respect results in a relaxed university approach to study. Teaching classes that only have a max of 10 allows for individual tuition and greater differentiation within the groups helping the students grow in confidence and develop a love for their subjects. I really like the fact that students are encouraged to refer to their tutors by their first name and feel that this breaks down tutor/student boundaries and means that the students are confident in asking for help. Brilliant students, brilliant tutors, great place to work
Rachel TeasdaleFormer Head of GCSE and Biology Teacher
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