Chemistry is integral to our understanding of the natural world around us; it is a physical science, and is the study of the properties of and interactions between matter and energy. It uses both mathematical and physical concepts to generate ideas important for understanding biological and geographical processes. The varied approaches to learning within the classroom and the strength of the teaching within the department mean that the subject is popular across the age ranges at LOGS.
GCSE Computer Science is a challenging course. It is a demanding subject requiring thought and commitment over the whole 2 years of the course. Prospective students will need to show an aptitude for programming through their progress during Year 9 Computer Science lessons and should have a genuine interest in the subject.
The new syllabus puts a strong emphasis on the computer programming/concepts behind how computers and computer applications actually run in different environments e.g. gaming, databases and websites.
The course also contains some advanced mathematical concepts including an understanding of the use of number bases, e.g. binary and hexadecimal notation. Students will need to be able to understand the concepts behind binary arithmetic and base number conversions and to manipulate and link various programming concepts such as flowcharts, data types, variable manipulation, program flow control, functions, procedures and error handling.
Candidates who are not strong in mathematics are advised to consider carefully whether this type, of course, is best suited to them as they may find it difficult to access high grades in such a conceptual subject.