A Level computer science is a very demanding course and students should ensure they are prepared to work consistently to the best of their ability to meet these demands.
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 including English and a Grade 5 in Maths. Whilst the prior study of computer science is beneficial, it is not essential.
This course gives students a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of computer systems, the principles of programming and problem solving. Students look at computing fundamentals including hardware and software; the presentation, structure and management of data; how data is transmitted and networked; the life cycle of systems development
How will I be assessed?
The A Level Computer Science course is assessed by 2 exams and a programming project
Computer systems (01) 40%
Algorithms and programming (02) 40%
Programming project 20%
All examinations will be assessed in the summer of year 13. Programming skills will be continually developed throughout the course and students will carry out a project of their design in year 13.
What will I learn on this course?
The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically.
An understanding of computers, an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society.
The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming, in a range of contexts to solve problems.
Who would the course be suitable for?
This course is suitable for students with a logical mind and who enjoy understanding how things work. It is especially suited to students studying Science or Maths subjects.
Next steps with A-Level Computing?
A Level computing is excellent preparation for students looking to take computing studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing.
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