Head of Computer Science
Prior to joining Hurst in 2008, Steve worked in the finance industry as a Systems Analyst and Developer. He holds a first class degree in Computing from the University of East Anglia, and a PGCE from the University of Brighton. Steve's specialism is teaching programming to students from Year 7 through to the Upper Sixth. He is particularly interested in App design, and has supported a number of students in publishing apps on the Apple App Store. In his spare time Steve enjoys running and to date has completed 11 marathons.
The Computer Science department at Hurst is a vibrant place where students can engage in a practical way with the latest developments in computer technology.
In the Sixth Form, A-level Computer Science is an exciting and dynamic subject and students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the principles of problem solving, the range of applications and the effects of their use so that they can apply this understanding to develop computer based solutions. Students will also develop an understanding of systems analysis and design and methods of implementation, testing and documentation. It is the aim of the department to ensure that all students acquire the practical skills that will make them employable in the real world, increasing their choice of opportunities when they leave the College.
We follow the OCR specifications, and although only 20% of the final marks are awarded for coursework, Computer Science is a highly practical course where we teach beyond the limits of the syllabus.
There is a specialist Sixth Form computer suite with 14 computers, with a wide range of software available to enable students to fulfil all of their computing projects.
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.
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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