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Welcome to Computer Science Options Taster Session

Did you know? 

The first electronic computer ENIAC weighed more than 27 tons and took up 1800 square feet. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that you can write using the letters only on one row of the keyboard of your computer.

We hope you enjoy the taster session!


How will I be graded? 

You will be graded from 9-1, with 9 being the highest.


How many exams will there be? 

There will be two exams. 


Is there course work? 

No. There was a programming project but for the new specification it has been removed, though you will need to know how to program to pass the exams. 


What is the difference between BTEC IT and GCSE Computer Science? 

IT BTEC is about software applications and the use of IT in life and business. GCSE Computer Science is about how computers work internally and the logic of them, but also network setups, with topics such as binary, hardware/software and programming. The IT BTEC has coursework where the GCSE Computer Science has 2 exams. 


What programming language is used in Westgate school?  

Python programming language is used in school. 


How many lessons will there be per week? 

3 lessons per week 


Is Computer Science difficult? 

No, it is a structured course that will give you the skills to succeed at A level or degree level. However, you will encounter topics you have never come across before which can make it challenging, but exciting. 


Who can I approach for further questions? 

Mrs Kaur 

Mr Higgins