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Computing Science

Pupils are taught about the creative aspects of computing and develop their own sounds, graphics and animation exercises.

Computing Science

About Our Computing Science Department

The Computing Science department has three dedicated computing suites each equipped with 20 Mac computers. These machines are configured to run as either Apple’s Mac OS or as PCs running Microsoft’s windows OS. This means that pupils are not tied to any single way of carrying out computing tasks but are able to learn about, and select from, the best tools available to them.

Junior years (Trans – S2) experience an integrated course where they study not just how to use common software applications such as word-processing, spreadsheets and presentation, but also the technology that lies behind those applications. They also study software development in its many modern guises from traditional text based programming to “app” development. Pupils are taught about the creative aspects of computing and develop their own sounds, graphics and animation exercises.

The courses allow our pupils to develop core transferable skills that will remain with them for life. These include analytical thinking, problem solving and the presentation of information. Pupils learn about the ever evolving trends in computing technology such as smart phones and mobile computing and are able to evaluate them and their suitability for task solving exercises.

The junior course is designed to cover all aspects of the broad general education as prescribed by CfE, while preparing them for National 5 Computing Science which they can choose to progress on to in S3. Pupils can then opt to continue the Computing Science course through Higher and Advanced Higher at S5 and S6 respectively.

There is also a sixth year module in I.T. which leads to a Microsoft Certified Qualification. Sixth year are also encouraged to participate in progression awards in Games Design and Programming.

The department runs an active lunchtime club where alternative aspects of computing can be explored.


Mrs Sandra Sterkenburg (Head of Department)
Mr David Muir
Mr Iain Purdie

Curriculum Information

Computing Science

Computing Science

Information Systems (Changing to Computing Science in August 2015)