Computing Science

Staff
William Spratt

Courses
S1 / S2 – Information Literacy (Curriculum for Excellence)
S3 – Computing Science (Curriculum for Excellence)
S4,5,6 – Computing Science (National 4, National 5, Higher)

Computing Science Qualifications Summarised by National Parent Forum of Scotland…
National 4 Computing Science
National 5 Computing Science
Higher Computing Science

Ethos
The department runs courses for pupils from S1-S6 at a variety of levels. It is hoped that every pupil will, by the end of S2, have had an introduction to computers which will complement their primary school experience. The opportunity is then provided to follow the CfE Computing Science course in S3, progressing to National 4 or 5 and Higher Computing Science.

Major Achievements
We are pleased with the results of the majority of pupils at all levels of presentation. Most students find that their time in Computing Science is beneficial whatever career path they decide to follow.

Resources
The department has a computer suite equipped with 20 computers and a networked printer. The course is enhanced by use of digital resources, Internet access, worksheets, workbooks, textbooks and videos. Pupils have access to a wide range of software also.

Extra Curricular Activities
The Computing club is currently available to students during lunchtime every Wednesday.

Lead School of Computing ScienceLead School of Computing Certificate
The Technologies faculty is always looking for ways to improve.  Tynecastle High School has been awarded the status of Lead School of Computing Science as a result of this work.  A scheme Supported by the Scottish Government, The British Computer Society, Computing at School Scotland and run by the Professional Learning And Networking for Computing (Plan C).  This follows training and focus by the Computing Department on improving programming skills and teaching understanding computational concepts better.  This will mean students have an improved understanding of computational thinking, problem solving and real-world programming skills.

With Computing Science behind you, you can unlock your future to a world of opportunities!