Welcome to the Computer Science Department at Reigate College.
My name is Julie Heard and I’m the Head of Department for Computer Science. We’re looking forward to welcoming you in person at the beginning of the academic year, but in the meantime, we’d like you to do a series of tasks and activities in preparation for starting on the course.
All the tasks should be carried out on your own, and there’ll be the chance to review and discuss what you’ve learnt when we meet together in September.
All the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August. Please make sure you give each one time to research it fully, and above all enjoy what you’re learning!
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
Throughout the Computer Science A Level course, you will need to code programs to solve various problems. This activity challenges you to code sections of a game to destroy the enemy ships by shooting the closest enemy on each turn.
Understanding how Computer Science links with other subjects
Computer Scientists have well-developed problem solving and logical thinking skills that help us understand various complex elements of a problem; we can then break that problem down into parts in order to produce solutions.
Task 2: Use the below websites to investigate the links between Computer Science and other subjects like Physics, Medicine and Robotics.
Task 4: Have a look at all the information on the website. If you already have your own log-in, also try some of the challenges. If you’re not already registered, go to https://go.joincyberdiscovery.com/ to do the introductory activities. Be warned, they are quite addictive and quite challenging!
There are also many interesting videos on the YouTube channel below about different areas of Computer Science, for example hardware, video game programming, data analysis and more.
Paid-for Udemy Java Masterclass (this is usually between £12.99 and £17.99 – if you wish to purchase it, DO NOT pay over £20 as it goes on offer on a regular basis)
spend some time learning more about Java, using the above tutorials and/or
other websites. Any progress you make on this now will give you good footing
for when we start programming together in class.
Aim High – 1 July
From 1 July
Once you’ve taken part in the College’s first ever Virtual Introductory Day on 30 June, you will be asked to complete a more formal Aim High task (posted here) that it is mandatory for all new students to complete before Choices Day on 25 August.