Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home. In this increasingly technological age, a study of computer science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems is essential to the future well-being of the country. The ability to think logically and be able to carefully design and plan is a valuable skill. This course places a large emphasis on computer programming using modern visual languages.
A keen interest and enthusiasm for wanting to write your own bespoke programs is essential and interest in both hardware and software will be an advantage as the theory content covers many aspects of these topics.
You will be expected to have
This course provides the essential building blocks of logical and applied thinking. It will allow transfer of these skills to all walks of life. You will be able to recognise a problem, analyse it and provide a solution.
With emphasis being placed on Computer Science, this area can provide you with many employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines.
Many students choose to study Computer Science further at University level, whilst others use it as a solid logical base to study other subjects. Students have secured places to study this subject at many of the prestigious Russell Group Universities.
This course is split into 5 units. Two are done at AS level. Three are done at A2 level.
AS units will be assessed..
UNIT 1 - written examination - 2hrs - 25% of qualification
UNIT 2 - onscreen examination - 2hrs - 15% of qualification
A2 units will be assessed..
UNIT 3 - written examination - 2hrs - 20% of qualification
UNIT 4 - written examination - 2hrs - 20% of qualification
UNIT 5 - non exam project - 20% of qualification
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.
A home PC capable of running Windows 10 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2019
Most typed work can be done using Google Docs and Google Slides, so there is no requirement to purchase software for this.
There may be a requirement in UNIT5 to make use of Microsoft Access, so the cost of this may be something to take into account