Mr B Douthwaite
Summer Work 2020
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in Computing GCSE or Grade 6 in Maths and keen interest in programming and computing technologies.

Exam Board

OCR

Why Choose Computer Science?

Computer Science is a modern, exciting subject, which encourages students to think creatively, logically and critically and to develop advanced problem solving skills. Students choose to study Computer Science because they are passionate about computers and want to learn about programming, computer architecture, computer networks and many other areas. Computer Science allows students to develop a working knowledge of the technologies and principles behind modern computer systems. Computer Science provides students with transferrable skills such as analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. Students will learn as part of the course to code in industry standard languages such as Python, PHP, SQL and JavaScript.

What is Involved?

In Computer Science you will study a wide range of topics, divided into three main areas:

Computer Systems (assessed with a 2½ hour written examination paper accounting for 40% of the A-level course) covering areas such as:

  • The characteristics of contemporary computer processors and system architectures
  • Software and software development methods
  • Exchanging data – Data compression, database concepts and transaction processing
  • Data Types and data structures
  • Computer networks and web technologies (HTML/CSS and JavaScript)
  • Boolean algebra – Logic gates and logic circuits

Algorithms and Programming (assessed with a 2½ hour written examination paper accounting for 40% of the A-level course) covering areas such as:

  • Elements of computational thinking (decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition)
  • Algorithm analysis and design to solve
  • Introduction to programming (using Python)
  • Advanced programming – Object Oriented Programming techniques

Practical Programming Project (accounting for 20% of the A-level course).

  • Students are to solve a programming problem of their choice and are free to develop a solution in any language(s) they wish.
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examination results

71%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-B

100%

of A-level students achieved grades A*-C

what we've been up to...

19Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 19: Set hopeful but realistic goals for the week ahead. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/X926anq1hh

18Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 18: Make a list of things you are looking forward to. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/mgGoNQ63bK

17Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 17: Share your most important goals with people you trust. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/2EUlMvfhBT

16Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 16: Thank yourself for achieving the things you often take for granted. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/ayU3G3SpBF

15Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 15: Look out for positive news and reasons to be cheerful today. #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS #OptimisticOctober https://t.co/py4Nqp2Jfs

14Oct '20

▶️#WKGS Update◀️ Please click on the link below⬇️ to access an update from Mr. Clarke regarding Virtual Learning Provision for Students in Isolation. wkgs.org/files/preview/… #WKGSCommunity💙

14Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 14: Do something to overcome an obstacle you are facing. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober https://t.co/fPR2rcEhQr

14Oct '20

We have just added the video of Mr Clarke's Q&A during our Virtual Open Evening & the responses to the additional questions to our website⬇️ wkgs.org/virtual-open-e… These are now ready for you to view! All materials will be available for the rest of the academic year. #WKGS https://t.co/QeL6kSsXSY

14Oct '20

A former student of #WKGS who is a Sergeant in the RAF will be receiving a Commendation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sgt H Rosenthal will receive an Air Officer Commanding Commendation. Congratulations to Sgt Rosenthal from everyone in the #WKGSCommunity #Proud 👏👍🙌

13Oct '20

On Thursday 22nd October, 19:00-20:00 @WestKirbyGS will be holding a Virtual Online Safety Information Evening for parents/carers of students in all year groups. Please visit wkgs.org/online-safety-… for more information and to book your place. https://t.co/34EuOUfikK

13Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 13: Put down your To-Do list and let yourself be spontaneous. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/vBpvSvDJzh

13Oct '20

Congratulations to the many students who completed their Silver Award last year! @WestKirbyGS #WKGSY13 https://t.co/6yJfJRx9Y0

12Oct '20

The deadline for achieving the Duke of Edinburgh Certificate of Achievement has been extended until 31st July 2021. You have until you are 25 to convert the certificate into the full award by completing the expedition (and residential for Gold). @WestKirbyGS

12Oct '20

Optimistic October - Day 12: Look for the good intentions in people around you today. #Wellbeing #OptimisticOctober @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/1ryWLUCvSO

11Oct '20

To help young people facing disadvantage to recover from the effects of the pandemic, DofE has launched the DofE Resilience Fund to reduce barriers to DofE participation this financial year (until 31 March 2021). Find out more: dofe.org/the-dofe-resil…