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CfE Higher Computing Science

Entry Requirements

A pass at National 5 or the equivalent.

Scholar
On-line course materials are provided by the Interactive University Scholar project which can be accessed from home as well as school.

The course has four areas of study:

Software design and development

Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and practical problem-solving skills in software design and development. They do this by using appropriate modular software development environments. Candidates develop modular programming and computational-thinking skills by analysing, designing, implementing, testing, and evaluating practical solutions and explaining how these programs work. They use their knowledge of data types and constructs to create efficient programs to solve advanced problems.

Computer systems

Candidates develop their understanding of how data and instructions are stored in binary form and factors affecting system performance. They gain an awareness of the environmental impact of intelligent systems, as well as the security risks, precautions and laws that can protect computer systems.

Database design and development

Candidates develop knowledge, understanding and advanced practical problem-solving skills in database design and development. They do this through a range of practical tasks, using a minimum of three linked tables and implemented in SQL. Candidates apply computational-thinking skills to analyse, design, implement, test, and evaluate practical solutions, using a range of development tools. Candidates apply interpretation skills to tasks involving some complex features in both familiar and new contexts.

Web design and development

Candidates develop knowledge, understanding and advanced practical problem-solving skills in web design and development. They do this through a range of practical and investigative tasks. Candidates apply computational-thinking skills to analyse, design, implement, test, and evaluate practical solutions to web-based problems, using a range of development tools including HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript. Candidates apply interpretation skills to tasks involving some complex features in both familiar and new contexts.

Assessment

Regular homework is used to assess progress throughout the course.

Written Examination is 2.5 hours. (110 marks)

Marks are distributed across all four areas of study in the written examination as detailed below:

 software design and development approximately 40%

 computer systems approximately 10%

 database design and development approximately 25%

 web design and development approximately 25%

Coursework Assessment on the three of the units (not Computer Systems) is assessed with a 8 hour practical test (marked out of 50). 

Homework
Homework should take at least 1 hour a week, and may be consolidation exercises, revision, research or exam preparation.

Supported Study

The department has an open door policy at lunchtimes - see your teacher for this.