Computer Science

Computer Science is a quintessential STEM discipline, sharing attributes with Engineering, Mathematics, Science, and Technology. It and provides pupils with insights into other STEM disciplines and with skills and knowledge that can be applied to solve problems in those disciplines. 

Computer science (CS) education helps students acquire skills such as computational thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. Since these skills bring added value in the rapidly changing 21st century, a robust and applied Computer Science education promises to enhance student readiness for the future.  

Over the past few years, the British School of Bucharest’s approach has been focused on giving its students a high-quality computing education, allowing them to apply computational thinking and creativity as well as the right digital literacy skills needed to interact and navigate the digital world. 

Computer Science & ICT 

Computer Science and ICT play an increasingly significant part in everyday life. The BSB Computer Science department is committed to ensuring that all students can use ICT confidently and safely and have the skills to move from just using ICT into programming computers.

As ICT underpins today's modern lifestyle, all students must gain confidence and ability in this subject to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.

At the British School of Bucharest, we achieve this through innovation in school. In both Primary and Secondary, students benefit from daily use of our well-equipped ICT suites. These suites have laptops and Chromebooks for cross-curricular use, interactive whiteboards, iPads and a wealth of educational software and internet-based learning. We control this centrally to filter out inappropriate websites.

All students are taught ICT & Computer Science as a dedicated class as well as experiencing technology through cross-curricular use in mixed-ability groups, where an emphasis is placed on differentiated, individualised learning opportunities. Where appropriate, students have access to a range of engaging software from Microsoft Office, industry-standard software such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash, to Fireworks and coding languages.

In Key Stage 3, students learning will revolve around three main topics: 

  • Algorithmic Thinking - an introduction to the logical thinking skills and methods required for computer programming.

  • Digital Citizenship - how to live in an increasingly technological world, including safety, intellectual property rights, computer ethics & computing and the environment.

  • Computer Skills - using software packages that are commonly used in industry to solve particular problems.

Throughout the course, students will gain valuable knowledge to understand the digital world better and develop skills in packages, like word-processors, presentation graphics, graphic manipulation, and spreadsheet use. The knowledge gained can then be used in other subjects, even if the student chooses not to take Computer Science at IGCSE or in future employment.

Studying CIE IGCSE in Computer Science will help students appreciate current and emerging computing technologies, the benefits of their use and recognise their potential risks. It helps develop an interest in computing and to gain confidence in algorithmic thinking.

  • Topics covered in the syllabus are:

  • Data Representation (binary, hexadecimal, data storage)

  • Communication & Internet Technologies (transmissions, security, principals of operation)

  • Hardware & Software (Logic, Computer architecture, types of devices, memory, OS, etc.)

  • Security and Ethics

  • Algorithm design and problem-solving (pseudocode)

  • Programming (concepts, data structures, arrays)

  • Databases

The AS/A Level Computer Science course is designed to encourage students to develop their understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and how computer programs work in a range of contexts. A high grade in Mathematics would be an advantage due to the logical thought processes needed for this course but is not compulsory. 

AS Level:

  • Theory Fundamentals

  • Information Representation;

  • Communication and Internet Technologies;

  • Hardware;

  • Processor Fundamentals;

  • System Software;

  • Security, privacy & Data Integrity;

  • Ethics & Ownership;

  • Database and Database modelling Fundamental Problem Solving and Programming;

  • Algorithm design & Problem-solving;

  • Data Representation;

  • Programming;

  • Software Development.

A Level

  • Advanced Theory.

  • Data Representation;

  • Communication and Internet Technologies;

  • Hardware;

  • System Software Security;

  • Monitoring and Control systems Further Problem Solving and Programming;

  • Computational thinking & Problem-solving;

  • Algorithm design methods;

  • Further Programming;

  • System Software Security;

AS and A Level Computer Science will help develop a range of skills such as thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically. Students will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies.

Digital innovation in school

Excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the educational programme. Increasing access to technology is essential for the future, and the learning tools of our 21st Century students include tablet and laptop technology.

We are leading the way with school innovation by equipping every Key Stage 3 and 4 Secondary student with their own Chromebook to use within and outside school. The Chromebook provides tools and resources for the 21st Century learner. 

In addition to the ICT suites, students have access to a Mac suite, which is available as a quiet study room or for work on a wide variety of software applications. We also use this facility for co-curricular activities, such as the popular Movie Making and Film Club.

Providing this innovation in school and immersing students in technology does not diminish the teacher's vital role. On the contrary, it transforms the teacher's role from being a director of learning to a facilitator of learning. Effective teaching and learning with iPads and Chromebooks integrate technology into the curriculum to benefit the students.

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