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Being equipped for today's connected and technological world is vital. Learn how to code, develop programming skills and have fun in robotics - the start of a career in electrical engineering, perhaps. Or maybe you're interested in the growing field of Computer Forensics or Cyber Security?

Computer Science runs from Year 7 through to Year 9 and is an option for GCSE. Computers are everywhere. We use mobile phones, TVs and cars that include large amounts of software; almost everyone has a computer in their home and the UK computer games industry is worth £1.7 billion. Computer science is crucial to the success of the British economy.

Whether we’re fighting climate change or going to space, everything is moved forward by computers, and we don’t have enough people who can code. Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities - Richard Branson Founder, Virgin Group

When you study computer science, you will learn about the fundamental principles
of the subject as well as advanced techniques that are used for practical systems development. You will learn how to think and solve problems in a logical way and how to express your solutions as computer programs. Wimbledon High School students had an amazing opportunity recently to work with Microsoft on a Hacking STEM event - see the video at the bottom of this page.

IGCSE in Computer Science

The iGCSE in Computer Science explores the principles of digital technology, delving deep into the theoretical side of different technologies, while developing skills in problem solving with coding in a high-level language (such as Python). You’ve got to be able to think logically, solve puzzles and be tenacious when the going gets tough. But it is also really creative and you’ll get a real buzz out of getting something to work yourself, especially when programming.

Key aims are to:

  • Develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work
  • Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs
  • Become independent and discerning users of IT
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts
  • Develop programs to solve problems
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of computer technology in society

Topics include:

Data representation, Communication and Internet technologies, Hardware and software, Security, Ethics, Algorithm design and problem-solving, Programming, Databases

You have grown up in a world where technology is evolving rapidly, creating new subject areas to explore and changing the way people work in every area from medicine and fashion to engineering and economics. So whatever your career plans, you know it’s vital to develop your grasp of these ideas and concepts that will shape your world.

Computer Science is a diverse enriching subject area, it’s a great way to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills, which is a sought after transferable
skill in further learning, careers and everyday life. It links to fields such as electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology, and to professions such as medicine and business. 

Co-curricular and Enrichment opportunies

Join Robotics club and learn how to make and programme a robot to complete a range of tasks and challenges. 

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