The course is currently studied over the full academic year with four full periods per week. Students are encouraged to develop their own mode of learning where possible and plenty of support is made available to them throughout the year. The BBC Bitesize web site provides a valuable resource of materials and topic tests, whilst full use is made of Google Classroom and other online and digital tools. Where possible, external specialists may be invited to provide an insight into the world of Computing beyond the academic stages. The majority of the practical aspects of the course will use “open-source” software, which means that students should be able to experiment at home, where access to suitable computer hardware is available.
The 4 topic areas that students will cover:
- Software Design & Development
- Computer Systems
- Database Design & Development
- Web Design & Development
Students will have one final exam that is worth 69% of their overall grade. There is also a piece of coursework that is worth 31% of the overall grade. Both elements are externally assessed.
Computing and ICT are specialisms that are found in all career areas. From IT support to Games Development, Scotland has a nationwide shortage of relevantly trained personnel. This need is set to increase over the foreseeable future. Nat 5 Computing Science will provide a gateway into these areas, either through direct entry into commercial organisations or as a firm platform for further study at Higher level or into Further Education.