S1 and S2
Pupils will gain a fundamental understanding of how they can stay secure online and how they can protect their devices. They will gain an understanding of how devices communicate over networks and the different threats this can lead to. They will build their analytical and evaluation skills by evaluation how secure they and their devices are and will recommend how to improve this.
Throughout S1 & S2 pupils will also gain an understanding Software & Web Development and will work both individually and collaboratively to build efficient solutions to problems. They will gain experience using HTML & CSS for web development along with programming experience with Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots, BBC MicroBits & App Development. An emphasis is placed on Physical Computing as well to ensure pupils understand how their devices work and will gain experience building simple circuits.
Topics covered in S1 & S2 include: The Internet & World Wide Web, Device Security, Online Safety, Digital Footprints, Searching for Information, Grooming, Lego Programming, Circuits with BBC Micro Bit, App Development, Web Development.
National 5 & Higher
Learners will develop an understanding of the central role of computing professionals as creative problem-solvers and designers, able to design, implement and operate hardware and software systems, and of the far-reaching impact of information technology on our environment and society. They will also continue to develop a range of transferable skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work, opening up a wide range of career and study opportunities and enabling them to develop as global citizens who can contribute effectively to their communities, society and the world.
The National 5 & Higher follow 4 Units: Software Design & Development, Web Design & Development, Database Design & Development & Computer Systems.
The course is assessed by an externally marked coursework (31%) & an external exam 50%.
Advanced Higher pupils will continue their development from Higher by Integrating their knowledge across the 3 main topics of Database Development, Web Development & Software Development. They will gain an understanding and practical experience of how these 3 areas can interact to create a fully functioning software solution. They will also gain practical experience with the full software lifecycle as they will take a project from the Analysis stage through to completion and Evaluation.
The course is assessed by an external exam (50%) and an individual project (50%).