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...

26Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 26: Find a new perspective on a problem you face. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/QWBwqc4gir

25Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 25: Use one of your strengths in a new or creative way. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/E3lxxj5GTu

24Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 24: Share with a friend something you found helpful recently. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/nCGcPbv7Ug

23Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 23: Set aside a time to pursue an activity you love. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/wc4Y90luwp

22Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 22: Find a new way to tell someone you appreciate them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/FOlalutolA

22Nov '21

We are pleased to announce that #WKGS will be hosting a Book Fair in the Lower Library from Mon 29th-Mon 6th December. All pupils are welcome to come and browse before school or at break/lunchtime. This will be a cashless fair, all payments to be made on Scopay (more to follow). https://t.co/XtjZwjfKPj

21Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 21: Learn a new skill with a friend or share one of yours with them. #NewWaysNovember #wellbeing https://t.co/wYpYT6iUKF

20Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 20: Make a meal with a recipe or ingredient you've not used before. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/svdDkiwJGQ

19Nov '21

Our #WKGSCommunity has so far raised a fantastic £1182 so far for #ChildreninNeed with our non-uniform day. We also marked the end of #AntiBullyingWeek with #OddSocksDay celebrate difference and individuality in our school community. Please donate online if you have not already. https://t.co/SbN1iC2tTR

19Nov '21

Thanks to everyone who attended our #WKGSSixthForm Open Evening this week. If you were unable to attend, you can find a variety of virtual content (including a recording of the Headteacher's talk and virtual interactive tour) by clicking the link below. wkgs.org/sixth-form-ope… https://t.co/zQiWB9DtcM

19Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 19: Broaden your perspective, read a different paper, magazine or site. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/lsV1VJ76wd

18Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 18: Connect with someone from a different generation. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/AyZohlxIKf

17Nov '21

We are always pleased to hear from our @WKGSAlumni After completing her A-Levels in 2008 at #WKGS, Roisin went on to a successful career in Journalism and Broadcasting. She currently reads the news on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show. 6th Form Open Evening wkgs.org/sixth-form-ope… https://t.co/xZdOEExi14

17Nov '21

#WKGSSixthForm Open Evening TONIGHT, 18:00-20:00 Click the link to register.. wkgs.org/sixth-form-ope… #wkgs #wkgscommunity #sixthform #wirral #wirralsixthforms #alevels2022 https://t.co/DEjX5pdrnz

17Nov '21

New Ways November - Day 17: Try a new way to practice self care and be kind to yourself. #NewWaysNovember #Wellbeing https://t.co/h3gUWNRmMn