Project Description

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Course Overview

Our GCSE Computer Science online course will enable students to develop their understanding of the main principles of problem solving using computers. They will apply their understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language. Students also develop a range of technical skills, as well as being able to effectively test and evaluate computing solutions.

Studying Computer Science online course will help learners appreciate current and emerging computing technologies, the benefits of their use and recognise their potential risks.

The GCSE Computer Science online course will enable students to:

  • computational thinking, that is thinking about what can be computed and how, and includes consideration of the data required
  • understanding of the main principles of solving problems by using computers
  • understanding that every computer system is made up of sub-systems, which in turn consist of further sub-systems
  • understanding of the component parts of computer systems and how they interrelate, including software, data, hardware, communications and people
  • skills necessary to apply understanding to solve computer-based problems using a high-level programming language.

Course Options:

1. Self Study
 
All of our GCSE courses are studied online with support from our specialist subject tutors. You will be given access to our online learning materials and e-books.
 
  • Access to full course online
  • e-books provided

  • Workbooks* will be posted

  • Interactive quizzes*

  • Google Classroom Access

  • Tutor email support

  • Register your exams with us

About our teachers

Our teachers are enthusiastic about learning. Teachers will support students towards
their individual pathways in education.. Our teachers are here to help!

Course structure – Self-study option

  • Total course – 160 hours online
  • Students are expected to study 6 hours per week, independently
Course fees – Self-study Option
  • Enrolment fee: £80
  • Course fee: £495
Instalments available over 8 months (Sept- April) –pay £46.90 per month (after
deducting the application fee).
 
2. PLUS Course
 
  • Online live classes – these are live interactive classes.

  • These classes are recorded and can be watched back, access available for 7 days
  • Access to full course online

  • e-books provided

  • Workbooks* will be posted

  • Interactive quizzes*

  • Google Classroom Access

  • Homework/assignments set and mark & feedback provided

  • Mock assessments in Autumn and Spring

  • Register your exams with us
  • UCAS Application support

The Classroom Environment

Our online/in-person classes are small making learning more accessible for learners and gives the classroom environment a calm atmosphere to learn. Having a limited number of students in the classroom gives the students more one-on-one time with their teacher, for teachers to review students’ work, to provide feedback on what went well, and how to improve students’ work for the future.

About our teachers

Our teachers are enthusiastic about learning. Teachers will support students towards their individual pathways in education.. Our teachers are here to help!

Course structure – PLUS option

Duration: One year fast track course
Course dates: September – May
 
  • 3 hours of online live classes per week over 20 weeks
  • Students are expected to study a further 3 hours per week, independently
  • Total course – 160 hours online

Course fees for PLUS Option

  • Enrolment fee: £80
  • Course fee: £750
Instalments available over 8 months (Sept- April) – pay £78.75 per month
(after deducting the application fee)

How to Apply?

1. Complete the application form
2. Send a scanned, coloured copy of your Passport or Driving License office@swanseacollege.com
3. Pay the application fee of £200 (the application fee is made up of £80 enrolment fee and £120 towards the course fee, this fee is non-refundable)

Course Contents

The course is structured into bite-sized parts:

  • Representing algorithms
  • Effciency of algorithms
  • Searching algorithms
  • Sorting algorithms
  • Data types
  • Programming concepts
  • Arithmetic operations in a programming language
  • Relational operations in a programming language
  • Boolean operations in a programming language
  • Data structures
  • Input/output
  • String handling operations in a programming language
  • Random number generation in a programming language
  • Structured programming and subroutines (procedures and
    functions)
  • Robust and secure programming
  • Number bases
  • Converting between number bases
  • Units of information
  • Binary arithmetic
  • Character encoding
  • Representing images
  • Representing sound
  • Data compression
  • Hardware and software
  • Boolean logic
  • Software classifcation
  • Classifcation of programming languages and translators
  • Systems architecture
  • Computer networks
  • Network security
  • Protocols
  • Fundamentals of cyber security
  • Cyber security threats
  • Relational databases
  • Structured query language (SQL)
  • Emerging trends, issues and impact

Entry Requirement

There are no entry requirements for this course

Assessments                         

Mock Assessments will take place in December and March/April

Register for your exams by 20th January

Exam Details

Paper 1 is a written examination,  Paper 2 is a a practical onscreen assessment.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the coursework and exams, you will receive a GCSE in Computer Science

More information can be found in the specification

 

 

 

 

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