Computer Science at Princess Helena College is taught by a specialist Computer Scientist with over 20 years of industry experience. Students get hands-on, practical STEM experience, which makes extensive use of the Raspberry Pi computer to teach students how to build computer systems such as intruder alarms and speed sensors that interface with the outside world.
In KS3 students learn to programme computer games in Scratch, understand the importance of using computers safely, learn about cybercrime and develop skills in setting up and using spreadsheets and databases. They are also introduced to binary and computer architectures.
The optional IGCSE allows pupils to develop a much deeper understanding of computer science and covers - amongst other things - logic, machine code and CPUs, computer architectures, the Internet and WWW, data communications and computer ethics.