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Computer Science

Computer Science is a wide, dynamic, subject that requires problem-solving as well as creative imagination. With technology a ubiquitous part of everyday life, the economies of the future will require future generations of people to have a good understanding of computers and their function. Studying the subject should enable students to create, develop, and understand rather than being passive consumers in the digital age.

Computer Science at Duke of Kent School

Students will be given Computer Science lessons from Year 1 all the way to Year 11 (should they wish to continue to GCSE). From Year 1 to 9 students will cover topics such as algorithms and problem-solving, the impacts of computing, digital infrastructure, programming, digital systems, artificial intelligence, game development, and data representation. They will also learn how to use computers responsibly and effectively, and use a variety of media in order to become more comfortable and familiar with the computer itself. After Year 9 Computer Science is no longer a compulsory subject.

Computer Science at GCSE

After choosing their options in Year 9, students are able to continue studying Computer Science at GCSE level in Year 10 and 11 by following the Edexcel curriculum. During the course, students will cover the fundamental aspects of the subject, such as:

  • Computational Thinking

  • Algorithms and problem solving

  • Programming and the program development cycle

  • Computer Systems

  • Networks and Cybersecurity

  • Data

  • Issues and impacts of computing

The course is assessed with two components:

  • Exam 1 - Principles of Computer Science: 1 hour 30 minutes theory paper.

  • Exam 2 - Application of Computational Thinking: 2 hour programming on-screen examination.

The students' final grade is then taken from both components and graded on the 9-1 system.

Mr A Boden - Head of Computer Science