Computing Science is changing the world. It is an exciting discipline which is rapidly evolving, driving innovation. Computing Science is radically changing every area of our society. More and more of the everyday devices we use rely on Computing Science to function. These devices have had enormous impact on the way we live, work and socialise. Understanding computer science is part of the necessary skill set for an academically well-rounded person in today’s world. Digital literacy is a fundamental skill along with literacy and numeracy.
Computing is intellectually stimulating and challenging. It requires clear logical thinking, problem solving, imagination, creativity, working independently and as part of a team, sound organisational skills and good management skills. These are transferable skills, highly valued in any profession. Studying Computing helps to develop these skills and prepare the student for a wide range of careers, both technical and non-technical. Understanding computational processes and thinking is vital to many fields including science, economics, business and industry.
Part of our commitment at George Watson’s is to ensure that pupils have access to the latest hardware and software. The Department is exceptionally well resourced in all respects. There are three spacious computer suites, each with 20 desktops for pupils, and all fully networked and equipped with Smartboard technology. The Department has three very committed, innovative and enthusiastic members of teaching staff, and benefits from excellent technical support.
There is also an open access area, equipped with two computers and desk space for laptops and tablets. This area can be used by pupils during breaks and study periods, to do assignments, access their e-mail accounts, print documents, or derive educational benefit from the Internet, in an environment where the appropriate security mechanisms are in place.
S1 pupils spend two periods per cycle; S2 pupils with three periods per cycle, where they enhance and extend existing proficiency in using a wide range of software, which supports their computer use in the wider curriculum. The S1 course also includes units on the Internet, Computer Systems, Programming, Animation and Multimedia.