6th Form IBCP Computer Science

BTEC or AS/ A2 levels: A Level

Grade ranges: Level 1-7

Exam Board: International Baccalaureate

Method of assessment: Examination and Computer Science Project

Length of course: 2 years

Information about the course to include units covered

The International Baccalaureate Computer Science course develops high-level skills in the major aspects of computing. It prepares students for a career in or linked to computing.

The course will develop programming skills in at least two programming languages; build understanding of hardware and how it interacts online and offline. Computational and logic skills are enhanced throughout enabling students to tackle and solve a wide range of technical problems.

The course can be followed at Standard or Higher Level and is assessed through examination and project evidence.

Module 1 is taught and examined in the following subject areas (40%):

Topic 1: System fundamentals
Topic 2: Computer organization
Topic 3: Networks
Topic 4: Computational thinking, problem-solving and programming

Module 2 is taught and examined through a case study (20%):

Module 3 is taught and examined in one of the following areas (20%):

Option A: Databases
Option B: Modelling and simulation
Option C: Web science
Option D: Object-oriented programming (OOP)

Module 4 is assessed on an individually chosen computer science project (20%):

Entry requirements: GCSE Grade 4+ in English and Mathematics, Grade C/Level 4 GCSE in Computing or Computer Science.

Possible exit routes:  Hardware and software engineering apprenticeship, undergraduate degree in computer science, front line careers in computing systems troubleshooting, project leader in programming, web and database development.