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Computer Science

There are three strands to the course, Systems, Algorithms and the Project.

Component 01: Computer Systems

The foundations and implications of Computer Science including:

  • Hardware: the CPU, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and and the “agile” development method
  • Networks, compression, Cybersecurity and encryption
  • Data types and data structures from binary to stacks, queues

    and graphs

  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues such as Artificial Intelligence, eWaste and software piracy 

Component 02: Algorithms and Programming

This builds on component 01 to include computational thinking and problem-solving. It covers:

  • Thinking abstractly, thinking ahead, thinking procedurally, logically and concurrently
  • Solving problems with programs in Python, JavaScript and C#
  • Modular programming, recursion, Object-Oriented Programming and GUIs

  • Computational methods including data mining, backtracking and decision-making with heuristics
  • Standard Algorithms including binary search, tree traversal, quick sort and Dijkstra’s shortest path

Component 03: Programming Project

You will apply your skills to a practical programming project where you will analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in Python, or one of four other languages. Many students create games, others create practical applications for healthcare, education or the arts. Advanced programmers may use simple game engines like Defold. This unit is worth 20% of the overall grade.

We also offer the CyberEPQ from the Chartered Institute of Information Security, an extended project qualification equivalent to half an A-level, which you can study in Year 12 alongside Computer Science. You will learn about Cybersecurity by completing online study, supervised by your Computer Science teacher, then do some independent research and present it to the class for up to 28 UCAS points.

Links with the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Digital and the STEM organisation allow us to provide many enrichment experiences. Recent events have included an intensive full web stack development programme in 2021, and a robotics day at PwC’s offices in Spinningfields in 2019.

Many alumni have gone on to top jobs in the technology industry including positions with PwC and ARM. 

A GCSE in Computer Science would be helpful but not essential. Strong mathematical ability evidenced by a good GCSE or equivalent in Mathematics is essential.

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