The Leaving Certificate Computer Science specification is differentiated to cater for students of differing abilities and levels of achievement.
Only the learning outcomes presented in normal type.
All learning outcomes including those in bold type.
Students vary in the amount and type of support they need to be successful. The use of strategies for differentiated learning, such as adjusting the level of skills required, varying the amount and the nature of teacher intervention, and varying the pace and sequence of learning will allow students to interact at their own level.
Assessment of Leaving Certificate Computer Science will be based on the learning outcomes in the specification. The computer-based, end-of-course examination will be assessed at two levels, Higher and Ordinary. At Higher level, all the learning outcomes will be assessed including those presented in bold type. At Ordinary level, only those learning outcomes that are presented in normal type will be assessed. Examination questions will require candidates to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, application, analysis, and evaluation appropriate to each level. Differentiation at the point of assessment will also be achieved through the depth and complexity of the questions and tasks, the stimulus material used, and the extent of the structured support provided for examination candidates at different levels.
Computer science is designed for 180 hours of class contact time. Meeting each learning outcome will be achieved through an interweaving of all three strands, and through a balance of theoretical learning, applied learning (through both the four applied learning tasks and tasks set by the teacher), problem-based learning and project management.