Computer science underpins a multitude of disciplines whose concepts and ways of working have not changed over time, including programming, algorithms, and data structures. This subjsct will develop learners' "computational thinking" as well as logic, rigor and problem-solving skills.
Using the Edexcel as an example, the GCSE Computer Science aims to enable students to:
- Understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
- Analyze problems in computational terms through hands-on experience in designing, writing, and debugging programs .
- Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- Understand the components that make up a digital system and how they communicate with other systems
- Understand the impact of digital technologies on wider society, including privacy and cybersecurity issues.
- Apply mathematical skills related to computer science
Studying computer science will enable you to solve complex, challenging problems while also helping to improve your grades in other subjects such as mathematics and physics. In the long run, computer skills are essential in many occupations, not only in IT-related jobs, computer skills are also very helpful in fields such as astronomy and financial analysis.