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St. Benedict's High School: Computing Science

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Free Software:


Paint.NET (like Photoshop)


Kodu Game Lab




Visual Basic 2008 Express


Visual Basic 2010 Express


World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

C-Turtle: The landmine-detecting robot 'turtle'

The disposable robot is made from cardboard and powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero computer.

UK to bring in drone registration

Drone owners will also be required to pass a safety awareness test.

MoneySuperMarket fined for sending seven million unwanted emails

The price comparison website sent seven million emails to people who had opted out of receiving messages.

Newcastle University students targeted by cyber-scam

Fraudulent site takes personal details and course payments for fake university.

YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

People looking for extremist Islamist propaganda will be shown clips denouncing terrorism instead.

AI demo picks out recipes from food photos

Researchers in the US develop an algorithm that appears to have a penchant for desserts

3D-printed drone's space station pictures and other news

BBC Click’s Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news stories.

Who is the laziest?

How live streaming of player data is giving sports fans unprecedented levels of analysis.

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

The AlphaBay and Hansa marketplaces were known for trade in drugs, weapons and malware.

Kodi magazine 'directs readers to pirate content'

The guide is being investigated by the Federation Against Copyright Theft.

Google Maps adds the International Space Station

The International Space Station becomes the first "off planet" addition to the interactive tool.

Dark net guns shipped in old printers

A study into the sale of firearms on the dark net finds "cause for concern" for police and government.

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

The Bitcoin community must agree how to tackle a slowdown in transaction times to avoid a schism.

Laptop ban: US lifts restrictions on Saudi Arabian flights

Saudi Arabian Airlines says US authorities have lifted restrictions on laptops in cabins at two airports.

OnePlus admits 911 emergency call glitch

Its flagship OnePlus 5 phone would restart if people tried to call the emergency services.

Would using an eye scanner make mobile banking secure?

TSB customers will be able to try out iris scanning technology to access their bank account.

WhatsApp video messages 'blocked' in China

Chinese authorities also appear to have stopped users sending photos and voice messages.

Meet Rob Spence, the film-maker with the camera eye

Film-maker Rob Spence used his bionic eye to record a mini documentary about cyborgs.

Google to add 'news feed' to website and app

A Facebook-style feed of news stories and videos will be rolled out across Google's services.

Course Information

S1/S2 Course

S3 Course

S4/5/6 Courses


Course Info


S1/2 Computing Science


Information coming soon!



S3 Computing Science

S3 Computing Science


More and more of the every day devices we use rely on Computing Science to function. Examples include desktop computers and games consoles, as well as some which are less obvious, such as mobile 'phones, cars and medical imaging devices.  Each of these rely on Computing Science to store, transmit and manipulate information which is useful to us, and have had enormous impact on the way we live, socialise and do business.


Skills in the field of computing provide the opportunity to contribute to many aspects of society. Computing applications have great potential to help address human needs and improve the quality of life.



Topics include:




What can learning in Computing Science achieve for young people?



How is the Computing Science framework structured?




What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Computing Science?




How do we build on prior learning?




What are the broad features of assessment in Computing Science?




Connections with other areas of the curriculum


Course Info


S4/5/6 Computing Science



Computing: Higher





The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the principles and practice of computer systems together with the stages in developing a software product.  This course will provide progression for students who gain an award at Credit in Standard Grade or the Computing course at Intermediate 2.  This course is also suitable for individuals who require a knowledge or computer systems for vocational purposes and provides a broad conceptual basis for further study.



Recommended Entry


While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained:







Computer Systems (H) 40 hours


This Unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of computer systems and practical skills related to computer systems through the use of contemporary hardware and software.



Software Development (H) 40 hours


This unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of software development and to develop practical skills in Software Development through the use of a high level language within an appropriate software development environment.



Computer Networking (H) 40 hours


This unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of Computer networking technology.