Computing

    The Computing department at Hurst is a vibrant place where students can engage with the latest developments in computer technology in a practical and vibrant way. Computing is an exciting and dynamic subject, and students are introduced to the concepts of computational thinking and coding in the Prep School, before exploring more complex programming languages and environments in the Senior School.

    Courses

    Students come with a variety of interests and the department staff are able to support those exploring ideas and creating their own projects.

    We offer GCSE and A-level Computing Science. GCSE Computing Science begins in Shell (Year 9) where students get to grips with the fundamentals of computer systems, understanding the concepts of the binary and hexadecimal number systems. Computer programming is explored in a high-level programming language. Website design using HTML, CSS and JavaScript is investigated, along with manipulating graphics in a software package.

    Facilities

    Hurst has two computer suites with 24 computers in each. In addition, there is a smaller Sixth Form specialist room with 14 computers. A wide range of software is on offer to enable students to fulfil all of their computing projects.

    Co-curricular Computing

    Students are encouraged to produce projects beyond the taught curriculum. Teachers are available to assist students to further develop their skills and expertise in a range of computing projects. In the past these have included game creation, website design and graphics.

    Computing achievements

    We have had students gain places to read Computer Science at some top universities in recent years, including Cambridge, St Andrew's and Loughborough. Some of our students have worked on smartphone apps and had them published to the Apple App Store. Please take a look:

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    79% of students achieved an A* or A at GCSE Computing at Hurst College.

    GCSE results, August 2017

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