Computer Science

Here at NHEHS we teach Computer Science as a separate subject from Year 7 right through to Year 13.   We are among the very few GDST schools which offer Computing at A Level and we also offer the new GCSE in Computer Science.  An increasing number of our girls are applying for a Computer Science or a related degree at university.  

Courses in Years 7, 8 and 9

Our courses are an exciting mixture of the highly creative and dynamic aspects of IT. They include developing skills such as using Photoshop and web design along with coding and an introduction to computational thinking.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Coding using Small Basic Photoshop project creating montages Creating a Game using Game Maker
Control and flow charting using Flowol More advanced coding using Small Basic and Python Coding using vb.net
Using Photoshop to create a magazine Excel – macros and formula Binary and hexadecimal number systems
Animation using Fireworks Creating websites and introduction of HTML and CSS Flowcharts and algorithms
Creating 3D rooms   Creating a logo, business presentation and financial spreadsheet for a business created by the girls
Excel – graphs and simple formula   Creating a business website – HTML, CSS, JavaScript

GCSE Computer Science

The Computer Science department will be offering the AQA 8520 Computer Science GCSE from September 2016. The course will be a great preparation for the A Level or for girls who are mathematically inclined and want to learn to code.
Topics include:
1. Fundamentals of algorithms
2. Programming
3. Fundamentals of data representation
4. Computer systems
5. Fundamentals of computer networks
6. Fundamentals of cyber security
7. Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy
8. Aspects of software development

There is coursework which is related to a software development project.

A Level

NHEHS follows the AQA  Computer Science syllabus. This course is perfect for girls who want to take a Computing or Computer Science course at university. It is also goes well with A Level subjects such as Maths or Physics.

A logical mind is key for success at A Level and ideally an A* or A in Maths and Physics (A*A* or AA in Double Science). No prior knowledge of, or qualification in, Computer Studies is required. There is a clear distinction between this course and A Levels in ICT and Applied ICT and it has been written to avoid any overlap of subject content.

The course covers problem solving, computational thinking, programming and data representation as well as teaching something about the hardware and software aspects of Computer Studies. There is also a practical element including on-screen examinations and writing computer-based programmed solutions.

Extra-Curricular

The Department runs a range of after school and lunchtime clubs including a Game Making club open to anyone who would like to learn how to design and build a game, including making a game for a mobile device. There are also two coding clubs one for Years 7, 8 and 9 and one for girls in Years 10 and 11 who are thinking of taking Computer Science at A Level.

Our students also work with the design technology department on robotics and engineering clubs and find a warm welcome for their computing skills and expertise in many of the art, music and drama projects running in school.