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.

 

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