The defining quality of the world into which our students are born as compared to the one their parents grew up in, is undoubtedly the degree to which Information Technology has permeated society. Today's world requires everyone to possess the skills required to be confident consumers of ICT products and services. In addition to being consumers of ICT, governments across the globe are identifying the ability to program computers as an economically vital skill that will become as important as learning another spoken language.
BSK students experience ICT and Computing both as discrete subjects and also as embedded skills development within all other subjects.
In Years 6-8, ICT is delivered as an integral part of all subjects studied. Computing is taught during Social Studies, which is an innovative programme co-developed by the Social Studies and computing teams. The Social Studies courses combine the requirements of the Kuwait Ministry of Education mandated Social Studies programme with the English National Curriculum for Computing at Key Stages 2 and 3.
All students in Year 9 study a combination of ICT and Computing. The course builds upon the introduction to programming established in the Year 8 Social Studies course. Students investigate introductory programming structures and also learn to use a variety of ICT applications to create web sites and databases etc.
Those students who wish to continue with their ICT related studies have a choice in Years 10 and 11. BSK offers IGCSE ICT and also IGCSE Computer Science.
IGCSE ICT is focused upon creating and accrediting high-level end-user ICT skills. The course has a practical focus, which includes web design, databases, spreadsheets, presentations and creating word-processed documents. The theory course covers fundamentals such as the components that make up computer systems and also computer networks and the ways that ICT impacts upon the whole of society.
IGCSE Computer Science is aimed at students with an interest in becoming creators of computer software and should be considered a more challenging option compared to IGCSE ICT. For suitably able students with an interest in computer programming the course is an excellent, fun and challenging choice. The theory course is focused upon the fundamentals of computer systems and covers a diverse range of topics including data representation, logic gates, high and low-level languages and types of hardware. The practical part includes algorithms, problem solving, pseudocode, data structures and databases.
The new CIE Computer Science course is ideal for students who have successfully completed the IGCSE Computer Science course and wish to take their studies further. However it is also open to students with no prior Computer Science experience provided that they are committed to the subject. The course consists of two units with the first being a broad-based overview of key Computer Science topics and the second an introduction to problem solving using the Python programming language. Theory topics include amongst other things, Boolean logic circuits, CPU operation and networking and DBMS management using SQL.
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