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12/07/24

Wishing you all a very safe and enjoyable summer break! Should you need to report anything of a safeguarding nature please refer to our safeguarding page - https://t.co/d4KoQn3W7J - or in emergencies, call 999.#wearevalleypark#wearevalleyparksafeguarding#enjoythesummer pic.twitter.com/NXliVAM8s6— Valley Park School () July 12, 2024

12/07/24

It's a double whammy for Deal House, as they not only won sports day with 1428 points, but also the House Cup! Those 77,449 positive points really paid off!#wearevalleypark#wearevalleyparkdealhouse#winners#itsabigdeal pic.twitter.com/T82p05SGyv— Valley Park School () July 12, 2024

11/07/24

Tickets are available on our website for the Scholarship Festival on 19 September, the Year 6 Open Morning Tours in October, and our Open Evening on 10 October: https://t.co/96JZSVe4rh pic.twitter.com/Z0lvByle1n— Valley Park School () July 11, 2024

07/07/24

It's all to play for on Monday! Which house will triumph? Don't forget your PE kits and your house colours to change into.#wearevalleyparksportsday#wearevalleyparkhousechampions pic.twitter.com/JtupnpFejD— Valley Park School () July 7, 2024

03/07/24

On Mon 24 June Mrs Hitch & Mrs Hare took the 13 members of Valley Park Shakespeare Society to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to perform Hamlet with the RSC. Read more: https://t.co/Yw0j1dAYJYGet tickets for Thursday's performance of Hamlet here: https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/fj6xiLNXg7— Valley Park School () July 3, 2024

01/07/24

Last chance to buy tickets for Fame - Tuesday and Wednesday of this week! https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU #fame pic.twitter.com/2C9U0RLqmz— Valley Park School () July 1, 2024

28/06/24

Congratulations to the 13 performers who took to the stage at The Marlowe Theatre on Monday as part of the RSC Associate Schools programme production of Hamlet: Something Rotten. They were an absolute credit to Valley Park. #hamlet#somethingrotten pic.twitter.com/yOXzPFdSbs— Valley Park School () June 28, 2024

27/06/24

The next event in Arts Week 2024 is on Saturday 29 June on Valley Park field, and is the return of V in the Park, our perennial musical favourite. Get tickets now! https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/SX9eGVsr0w— Valley Park School () June 27, 2024

27/06/24

Last week's Year 5 workshops were very successful, including this one about Forensic Science.#wearevalleyparktransition#forensicscience pic.twitter.com/g08kVuqE2b— Valley Park School () June 27, 2024

25/06/24

Last chance to get tickets for Dance Extravaganza tomorrow evening! Don't miss this showcase for our talented dancers. https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/f5YFH6CIYM— Valley Park School () June 25, 2024

23/06/24

58% of Year 7-11 pupils who missed school at the start of the year went on to miss at least 10% of sessions across the whole academic year.- Fischer Family Trust#everylessoncounts pic.twitter.com/kb1XwfGm25— Valley Park School () June 23, 2024

22/06/24

Arts Week begins on Tuesday with Night at the Musicals at the Hazlitt Theatre, then it's Dance Extravaganza on Wednesday, with more treats coming on Saturday and the following week. Get your tickets now, and don't miss out!#wearevalleyparkartsweekhttps://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/vbqjE3rQHV— Valley Park School () June 22, 2024

21/06/24

We are excited to see that the preparations for the upcoming VIAT Summer Concert have begun over at Invicta Grammar School. Our students are looking forward to showcasing their talent on Thursday, 27 June! pic.twitter.com/ajgfD5zhRf— Valley Park School () June 21, 2024

19/06/24

The annual Art Showcase is underway, and visitors are admiring the works on display pic.twitter.com/zjcy3SQA1d— Valley Park School () June 19, 2024

19/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/Hh1SKJDhsb— Valley Park School () June 19, 2024

18/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/Vw3H4wAEKc— Valley Park School () June 18, 2024

18/06/24

Don't forget - the annual Art Showcase is tomorrow - Wednesday 19 June - at Lower Grange Farm, from 6pm to 8pm! Don't miss it!#wearevalleyparkartshowcase#artshowcase pic.twitter.com/1fmSeg4Mcp— Valley Park School () June 18, 2024

18/06/24

Good luck, year 10!#wearevalleypark#exams pic.twitter.com/lYSvTdJCIp— Valley Park School () June 18, 2024

17/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/XyPcZfujci— Valley Park School () June 17, 2024

16/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/JfqA9uMRWq— Valley Park School () June 16, 2024

16/06/24

Struggling with school attendance? At Valley Park, our dedicated team is ready to assist you. Reach out via phone or email, and we will get back to you. pic.twitter.com/CbDz5ual7T— Valley Park School () June 16, 2024

14/06/24

The house colours are finally here. pic.twitter.com/LH3CG0D7FE— Valley Park School () June 14, 2024

13/06/24

Tomorrow's exams are... pic.twitter.com/tbnNJiWeXr— Valley Park School () June 13, 2024

13/06/24

Arts Week 2024 is getting nearer - have you got your tickets yet? https://t.co/2X6Pi72TlU pic.twitter.com/bXNoNSoK5G— Valley Park School () June 13, 2024

13/06/24

Our Year 10 Performing Arts class absolutely smashed their Unit 1 exam! They performed numbers from Dear Evan Hanson & Come From Away. Mrs Austin is so proud of all of them! #wearevalleyparkperformingarts#smashedit pic.twitter.com/uKpYvuh2kQ— Valley Park School () June 13, 2024

Computer Science

The course allows you to explore the fundamental principles of Computer Science on a practical programming level, underpinned by theoretical concepts. Ranging from the knowledge of the structure of a processor to skills of decomposition and abstraction, mirroring the exam boards aim to view the world through a ‘digital prism’.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • GCSE Mathematics: Grade 6  
  • GCSE Computer Science: Grade 5

RECOMMENDED SUBJECT COMBINATIONS 

IT

Engineering​Mathematics

Digital Film & Video Production

Science

Business Studies

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • A combination of computer based and theory lessons to understand fundamental principles.
  • Challenges to build on concepts and articulate relationships between Computer Science concepts.
  • Independence in development of a solution to a programming problem.
  • An expectation of consistent development of programming skills both in and out of lesson time.

UNITS STUDIED

  • COMPUTER SYSTEMS 
  • ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING
  • NON-EXAMINED ASSESSMENT

Specification

HOW IT IS ASSESSED

Two written examinations (80% in total) and a Non-Examined Assessment (20%). 

The Non-Examined Assessment is a practical programming project, while the examinations encompass a range of programming and theory concepts.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

  • Mathematical Skills
  • Creative and analytical thinking to reach logical conclusions.
  • Analysis of problems through application of computational logic.  
  • Time management and leadership skills in the independence of an NEA Programming Project.

PROGRESSION

  • Supports study of Computer Science/IT in a Further Education setting.
  • Provides transferrable skills for students progressing to Computing-related apprenticeships 
  • Prepares for employment in sectors such as Mathematics, Engineering or Medicine. 

WHY CHOOSE THIS SUBJECT?

A good grade in Computer Science at A level is valued by universities and employers since it requires the development of analytical thinking and problem solving skills. This course also lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or related subjects in higher education.

Many problems in the sciences, engineering, health care, business and other areas can be solved effectively with computers, but finding a solution requires both computer science expertise and knowledge of the particular application domain. Thus, computer scientists often become proficient in other subjects.