Welcome to Computing Science
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Junior School
S1 – S2 follow an ICT course delivered by Computing and Business Education teachers.

S1

S1 learners follow a ‘Theme Park’ course. Throughout the year they learn how to use various software applications whilst working in a group to develop a new theme park for Scotland.
Activities include:

• Writing a location report using geographical information.
• Branding products - Creating logos, uniforms and a mascot for the theme park.
• Communication – learning how to use email effectively, creating business cards.
• Budgeting and Pricing – using database and spreadsheet software to select rides and facilities for the new theme park.
• Roller coaster simulator – using No Limits software to create a simulation of a roller coaster.
• Presenting Information – learners present their ideas for the new theme park to a panel of judges.

S2

S2 learners further develop their IT skills with the following experiences:
Enterprise project – this involves considering various aspects of what a company will do when bringing a new product to the market, activities include:

• Investigating the market
• Consumer Panels
• Creating a product name/logo
• Profit and Loss
• Marketing the product

Computer Systems project – Learn about computer hardware and software.
Computer Programming – introduction to computer programming using Scratch and LiveCode

S3 Computing Science

In S3 learners will be prepared for progression to National 4, 5 and Higher qualifications in the senior school.
Areas covered include:

• Computer Systems & Networks – How computers work, including internal components. Mobile Internet Technologies.
• Computer Programming – Creating computer programs using LiveCode.
• Computing Project - Plan and create a digital solution which will include all aspects of multimedia such as pictures, audio, video and animation.
• Website Design – Learn about HTML, design and create a website.


Senior School

The new Computing Science qualifications develop knowledge and understanding of key facts and ideas in computing science, enabling learners to apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and testing to a range of digital solutions. Learners communicate computing concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology, and develop an understanding of the impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society.

Learners in the senior school can study Computer Science at the following levels:

NATIONAL 4
The course has three mandatory Units including the Added Value Unit. The first two Units listed below are designed to provide progression from the related Unit at National 3, and to the corresponding Unit at National 5.

Software Design and Development
Information System Design and Development
Added Value Unit: Computing Science Web Page and Computer Game Assignment

Assessment: National 4 is internally assessed. To achieve the National 4 Computing Science Course, learners must pass all of the required units including the Added Value Unit.

NATIONAL 5
The course has two mandatory units. Each of these units listed below are designed to provide progression from the related unit at National 4, and to the corresponding unit at Higher.

Software Design and Development
Information System Design and Development

Assessment: To gain the award for this course, the learner must pass all outcomes within the two units as well as the external examination. The course assessment for Computing Science at National 5 level will consist of two components with weightings as follows:

Coursework assignment which is worth 40% of the learners overall grade.
Written examination which 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 60% of the learners’ grade.


HIGHER
Entry into Higher requires an A or B grade at National 5 Computing Science.
If you haven’t studied Computing Science before, please see the department. This will depend on the maths grade achieved at National 5.
The course has two mandatory Units listed below.

Software Design and Development
Information System Design and Development

Assessment: To gain the award of the course, the learner must pass all outcomes within the two units as well as the external examination. The course assessment for Computing Science at Higher level will consist of two components with weightings as follows:

Coursework assignment which is worth 40% of the learners overall grade.
Written examination which 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 60% of the learners’ grade.
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