Computer Science

Computer Science and the thinking behind it is more than just being able to program a computer...

Jeannette Wing

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science gives students the opportunity to learn new and exciting skills that include Python programming in Year 8 and Boolean Logic in Year 11.

The aim is to help our students prepare for their futures, bringing them closer to becoming highly skilled and sought-after members of the future global economy.

Students can get creative with GameMaker in Year 9, and investigate Cyber Security in Year 12 - there is something in the world of Computer Science for everyone!

Computer Science in St. Patrick's Grammar School

Staff

Miss Rachel Lynch

Computing is taught at KS3, GCSE and A-Level by Miss Lynch. Pupils have the use of a fully equipped Computer Suite with both laptops and PCs giving access to the specialised programming environment provided by C2K.

Students are provided with an AQA approved textbook for both years of GCSE and A-Level to assist them in their studies of Computer Science.

To facilitate both the teaching and learning in the department, pupils have the opportunity to attend specialised events allowing them to link up with other schools and employers in the industry.

There are always a wide range of external opportunities on offer for budding Computer Scientists with the likes of QUB, Kainos and more!

Teaching and Learning Aims

It is important for students to enjoy what they are doing, as well having academic success. For this reason, we have a range of both practical and theory lessons where pupils have the chance to carry out their own research instead of being teacher-led.

Paired programming is a major part of any Computer Scientist's life and so it is encouraged regularly to help motivate students to expand and build on their own knowledge.

Through the study of Computer Science, we aim to:

  • stimulate interest in and enjoyment of Computing;

  • encourage and enable students to reach their full potential through support and challenge;

  • enable students to become confident citizens by developing digital skills, knowledge and understanding, enabling them to formulate and communicate their own opinions about developments in the world of Computer Science;

  • encourage students to become independent learners through research and project based work;

  • develop skills in data and information handling, programming, communication and investigative work, as well as organisational and analytical skills;

  • encourage the use of Computational Thinking

Careers in the Computer Science Industry

Computing is a subject leading to a wide variety of careers in a whole range of professions, such as;

  • Software Engineer

  • Web Designer

  • Games Developer

  • Professional Hacker

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Computer Programmer

  • Hardware Engineer

  • Network Architect

  • Information Security Analyst

  • Project Manager

  • Information Systems Manager

  • Teaching and Research

NEWS

Year 11

This years new GCSE class have jumped in with two feet and are excelling in Computer Science already!

Patrick Hanna, Calum Barbour, James Smith, Oisin Kennedy, Aodhan Gorman, Shea McGuirk, Lewis McMullan and Calum Polly all well deserving recipients of the Pupil of the Month award so far

Year 12

The Year 12 class this year have finished up programming projects producing a flight planning system!

Year 13

Our current Year 13 class have been an investigation into their choice of A-Level Project for next year - games, automated water gun tanks and golfing apps galore!

Year 14

Miss Lynch was very sad to say goodbye to her Year 14 class last week - they're all off to bigger and better things now!