What goes on inside your PC, laptop or mobile phone? How do they work? Computer Science will provide you with an insight into how these technologies work and interact. A keen interest in both hardware and software is required as the theory content of the course covers many aspects of these topics. Large emphasis is placed on computer programming using modern languages and in the second year, you are required to create your own bespoke program and tackle a substantial project from the role of a systems analyst. The course provides essential skills for logical thought and computational thinking which can be used to facilitate many courses within Higher Education.
A Level Computer Science encourages you to develop:
Some students have taken the subject to the next level, studying to pursue a career in computer hardware and software development; whilst others have benefited from the course being recognised as a solid platform for developing logical and organisational processes that can facilitate a whole plethora of courses within Higher Education and Higher Apprenticeships.
80% A* - C in A Level Computing.
AS level: Hardware and communication, Logical operations, Data transmission, Data representation and data types, Data structures, Organisation of data, Database systems, The operating system, Algorithms and programs, Principles of programming, Systems analysis, Software engineering, Program construction, The need for different types of software systems and their attributes, Practical programming, Data security and integrity processes, Economic, moral, legal, ethical and cultural issues relating to computer science
A2 level: Data structures, Logical operations, Algorithms and programs, Principles of programming, Systems analysis, System design, Software engineering, Program construction, Economic, moral, legal, ethical and cultural issues relating to computer science, Hardware and communication, Data transmission, Data representation and data types, Organisation and structure of data, Databases and distributed systems, The operating system, The need for different types of software systems and their attributes, Data security and integrity processes
Programmed Solution to a Problem: Discussion, Investigation, Design, Prototype, Post-prototype refinement of design, Software development, Testing, Evaluation.
AS – UNIT 1 25% (written examination); UNIT 2 15% (on-screen examination)
A2 – UNIT 3 20% (written examination); UNIT 4 20% (written examination); UNIT 5 20% (project)
Computing can be taken at AS Level without prior study of the subject. Normally, students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C; adult learners will be allowed on the course at the department's discretion.
Grade B in GCSE Mathematics (Higher Tier);
Grade C in GCSE English;
GCSE Computer Science is advantageous, but not essential.
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