Computing Outline

Trinity Academy, Craighall Avenue, Edinburgh, EH6 4RT

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All pupils in S1 and S2 follow an Information Technology course. Pupils can choose to study Computing in S3 and continue following the principles of a broad general education in line with Level 3 and 4 Experiences and Outcomes while preparing for future study in S4 – S6 where we currently offer the following courses.

Computing Courses

S4 National 4 and National 5 Computing Studies

The National 4 and National 5 Computing Science courses develops knowledge and understanding of key facts and ideas in computing science, enabling learners to apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and testing to a range of digital solutions. Learners communicate computing concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology, and develop an understanding of the impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society.

Students complete units in Software Design and Development and Information Systems Design and Development.  National 4 students complete an Added Value Unit drawing upon their knowledge of the two units.  National 5 students complete a coursework exercise and sit an external exam in May.

Higher Computing

The aims of the courses are to develop:

• knowledge and understanding of computing concepts.

• practical skills in the use of computer hardware and software.

• ability to solve problems by applying knowledge, understanding and practical skills

• awareness of the professional, social, ethical and legal implications of computing

• ability to communicate computing concepts clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology.

Students will sit 3 units, Computer Systems, Software Development and Artificial Intelligence.

S6 Advanced Higher Computing

The Advanced Higher Course in Computing is not only about learning to use current hardware and software. It is designed to provide candidates with both the necessary knowledge and understanding and the practical problem solving skills to enable them to become the ICT tool designers of the future.

Students will sit 3 units, Developing a Software Solution, Software Development and Artificial Intelligence

IT Essentials

We also offer a hands-on course for S3 and S5 – S6 pupils as an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) professionals.

Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Hands-on labs and Virtual Laptop and Virtual Desktop learning tools help students develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills.

Further details can be obtained from any member of the Computing Department