Computers are everywhere and vital to everyday life! They shape the world in which we live in industries such as science, communications, entertainment, education, business and home life. You will build on your experiences in S1/2 and explore further a variety of computing aspects.
WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?
The course aims to broaden your computing science knowledge and skills by allowing you to:
Understand the world through computational thinking
Understand and analyse computing technology
Design, build and test computing solutions
The S3 course is comprised of 4 units:
Database Design and Development
Web Design and Development
Software Design and Development
Database Design and Development - Analyse and design relational databases. Create data entry forms, use queries to access the data.
Web Design and Development – Design and build web pages using appropriate mark-up language that includes interactivity.
Software Design and Development - Understand computer programming and be able to implement, from algorithms written in pseudocode, a range of programs in the Visual Basic programming language that involve the use of variables and constructs such as sequence, selection and repetition.
Computer Systems – Understand basic computer architecture components, how machine code instructions are stored and executed within a computer system. Understand how computers communicate and share information over networks
In this course you will learn how to think computationally and work with technology to analyse problems and create solutions.
Everything you need to know before selecting this course
Homework will be given to reinforce your learning and to assess your progress. Very often it may be to read over work or notes we have been doing in class or it can be to prepare for a class test.
How you will be assessed
Work will be assessed through
ongoing monitoring of classwork and class activities
Graded tests to help you decide whether you are confident to do National 5 in S4
Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course
This course is suitable for all learners who are interested in becoming a:
Forensic Computer Analyst
The following link will give you an idea of some of the jobs people with a computing science background might do:
S4 and beyond
National 5 leading to Higher Computing Science
NPA L4/5 Games Development leading to NPA L5/6 Games Development
Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.