COMPUTER SCIENCE - SENIOR PHASE

Computer Science - National 4/5

 

Computing Science is vital to everyday life and is embedded in the world in which we live and its future.  In addition to learning fundamental computing science concepts, learners will:

 

  • develop their computational thinking

  • become equipped with a wide range of skills in interface design

  • be able to program computer code in more than one language

  • design and build Microsoft software ‘apps’

  • create interactive web-based information systems 

  • develop transferable skills

  • become successful, responsible and creative in the use of technologies


The courses are delivered through a range of stimulating and engaging learning experiences where a strong focus is placed on building the confidence in our young people to become independent learners who are able to solve computing science problems using a solution-focused approach.

 

NPA Cybersecurity – Levels 4, 5 & 6

 

As a society we conduct much of our lives over the Internet, as do the Government, the Armed Services, Law Enforcement and industry. The internet brings numerous blessings for society and for business, but it has a darker side as a refuge, resource and recruitment tool for terrorists and criminals. The UK Government takes these risks seriously. That is why the 2010 National Security Strategy rated cyber-attacks as a ‘Tier 1’ threat and why, despite a tight fiscal situation, the Government set £650 million aside over four years to develop their response.

 

It was revealed at the Digital Skills committee meeting in the House of Lords that in 2017 there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security workers. This increase of the need for Cyber Security Professionals is due to our reliance on devices connected to the Internet. Stephanie Doman CEO of the Cyber Security Challenge said ‘if you look at our lifestyle these days everything we do is based on something connected to the internet’. Citing Internet Banking, Shopping and Tax.

Higher Computing Science
 

The Higher course consists of two units:

 

Software Design and Development

 

Once you have completed this unit you will be able to:

 

  • Explain how programs work, drawing on an understanding of advanced concepts in software development and computer architecture

  • Develop modular programs using one or more software development environments

  • Produce a detailed report on the impact of contemporary computing technologies

 

Information System Design and Development

 

Once you have completed this unit you will be able to:

 

  • Develop information systems using appropriate development tools

  • Consider the factors involved in the design and implementation of an information system


The course is delivered through a range of stimulating and engaging learning experiences where a strong focus is placed on building the confidence in our young people to become independent learners who are able to solve computing science problems using a solution-focused approach.