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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


How business is driving the new space race

Why firms are spending millions to beat each other into orbit

WhatsApp and YouTube terror video man jailed

The 21-year-old radical Islamist filmed himself calling British soldiers "baby butchers of the Muslims".

Deliveroo accounts reveal huge losses

"Gig economy" firm Deliveroo publishes accounts revealing huge losses.

'We are planning weekly rocket launches'

The small satellite industry is the fastest growing part of the space sector "and they all require launch" says Rocket Lab boss Peter Beck.

Fake website fools Equifax staff

Equifax mistakenly directed some customers to a fake website via Twitter.

'Payment by vein' trialled in supermarket

The company behind the technology hopes the new way to pay for goods will appeal to millennials.

Has Destiny 2 pleased video games fans?

Marc Cieslak gets a chance to blast his way through Destiny's 2 campaign mode.

Brain surgery revolution

A brain surgeon in the UK has started using 3D printed titanium plates to replace parts of patients' skulls.

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

The tie-up marks the latest push by Google to boost its hardware business.

Hands-on with Nest's new home security tech

Hands-on with Nest's new home security tech, including a doorbell that connects to an app and a security system.

Theresa May warns tech firms over terror content

The prime minister says internet companies should remove extremist content within two hours.

What can tech firms do to fight terror?

The prime minister wants tech companies to do more to tackle extremist content. They say it's not that easy.

YouTube to end paid channels service

Channels charging a monthly fee on YouTube will end in December, after the idea failed to take off.

Facebook trial lets users hide alcohol adverts

The social network is testing a tool that will let people hide categories of ads for the first time.

Why might Google want to buy part of HTC?

Google struggled to integrate Motorola Mobility - why it would want to repeat the experience?

NotPetya cyber-attack cost TNT at least $300m

Delivery company FedEx says a recent cyber-attack cost its TNT division about $300m (£221m).

Instagram Live video 'led to murder suspect's arrest'

US police say they traced an 18-year-old murder suspect via a live video he had streamed.

Hidden golf game found on Nintendo Switch

Fans think the "Easter egg" is a tribute to the company’s late president Satoru Iwata.

Tomb Raider poster gets it in the neck

Alicia Vikander seems to be the victim of dodgy Photoshop in the poster for her new Tomb Raider film.

Electric bus in record-breaking journey

An electric bus travels more than 1,000 miles on a single charge in the US.

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.