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Computer Science

Welcome to the Computer Science Department at BGS!

We live in a constantly evolving digital society with computers influencing almost every aspect of our lives, it is becoming increasingly important that our students are equipped with the tools to succeed in this environment. Our aim at Bexley Grammar School is to provide students with the necessary logic and computational thinking skills to ensure that they will thrive in the digital world that surrounds them.

Key Stage 3

The KS3 curriculum is based around improving logic, problem solving and computational thinking skills in students. At KS3 students will have one fifty minute lesson per week. We teach a range of different skills and software to give students as much experience as possible with different elements of Computer Science and build their confidence with the subject. Some of the topics that we cover are Scratch, HTML, Small Basic, Databases, Greenfoot, and Visual Basic.

Key Stage 4

In Year 10 and Year 11 we offer AQA Computer Science GCSE (9-1) to students. This course is assessed in 3 ways; a computational thinking and problem solving exam, a theoretical knowledge exam and a non-exam assessment. The non-exam assessment is a programming task in which students are given a problem that they have to develop a solution for. This course will enable students to become proficient programmers with a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of computing.

Sixth Form

IB Computer Science is offered as part of the International Baccalaureate at both Higher and Standard Levels. The standard level course provides students with grounding in Programming in Java and the workings of computer hardware. The higher level course explores these areas in more depth. Students have found that IB Computer Science provides excellent preparation for both undergraduate study in Computer Science and for the Computing element of Mathematical, Engineering and Scientific degrees.