You are growing 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.
GCSE Computer Science explores the principles of digital technology and a way of working that’s called ‘computational thinking’, with coding as a core of the course. 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.
Making a computer dance to your tune is a really creative thing – but we shouldn’t pretend it’s easy. Computer Science will make you think. It will stretch you and test your powers of logic and patience. It might even drive you a bit crazy at times. In short, Computer Science is serious fun!
It’s no exaggeration to say the world runs on computers. They are everywhere: in homes, schools and offices but not just in the way you think. They are also embedded in all sorts of machines. Computers control airplanes, chemical plants, send rockets to space, control the central heating and make sure your mum/dad’s car runs efficiently. As new things are developed, the world needs more and more people to research new ways of using computers to do the things they want.
GCSE Computer Science is a great foundation for going on to do Computing at A level. And Computing at A level is a great foundation for going on to study Computer Science at University. And that can open up a lot of possibilities! But you don’t have to want to go on to be a computer scientist to do this course – you might just be curious about learning a bit more.