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Computing science

Computing science is vital to everyday life — socially, technologically and economically; it shapes the world in which we live and its future. Computing is embedded in the world around us, from systems and devices in our homes and places of work, to how we access education, entertainment, transportation and communication. Understanding computational processes and thinking is also vital to many other fields, including science, economics, business and industry. While many learners will want to become computing professionals, all will benefit from the development of these foundational skills and the underpinning knowledge necessary to meet the needs of society today and for the future.
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
  • introduce and develop aspects of computational thinking across a range of contemporary contexts
  • develop knowledge and understanding of key facts and ideas in computing science
  • apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and testing to a range of digital solutions
  • communicate computing concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
  • develop an understanding of the impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society
Related to these aims, and underlying the study of computing science, are a number of unifying themes, including technological progress and trends, the relationship between software, hardware and system performance and information representation and transfer as a core component of any computation. These are used to explore a variety of specialist areas through practical and investigative tasks.

The courses on offer within the department follow curriculum for excellence in the lower years and builds upon this in the senior stage with pupils following National 4/5, Higher and Advanced Higher Computing Science. 

The courses on offer within the department are:-

  • S1-S3 Computing Science broad general education following CFE Experiences and Outcomes
  • National 3 Computing Science
  • National 4 Computing Science
  • National 5 Computing Science
  • Higher Computing Science
  • Advanced Higher Computing Science
  • Wider Achievement courses in :- Computing, Cyber Security Fundamentals, Digital Media Animation, Web Development

Staff within the department: Miss T Mutter, Miss G Alexander


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