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Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, with at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language. Please note that for A-Level Computing you will need a grade 5 in Maths.

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Full time

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Duration

2 years

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Timetable

Various


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A-Level Computer Science has been updated to reflect the changes in technology, which are transforming everyone’s lives. With the focus on computational thinking this qualification is an ideal choice for those looking for a scientific exploration of the world of computing

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Overview

A-Level Computer Science has been updated to reflect the changes in technology, which are transforming everyone’s lives. With the focus on computational thinking this qualification is an ideal choice for those looking for a scientific exploration of the world of computing. The qualifications are a great foundation for anyone thinking of further study or progression to a range of engineering, science, computing and ICT degrees.

What will I study?

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Software development
  • Theory of computation
  • Data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Computer architecture and organisation
  • Consequences of computing
  • Fundamentals of communicating and networks

Students learn and extend Python programming skills which are tested alongside the use of logic gates and binary work in the ‘on computer’ examination. The second examination is more traditional allowing students to demonstrate a good knowledge of network topologies, ethical issues relating to computing, knowledge of storage devices and more. The focus of the course is that of ‘science’ and ‘computational thinking.’ Accordingly students who have enjoyed sciences and maths at school are likely to enjoy this subject.

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, with at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language. Please note that for A-Level Computing you will need a grade 5 in Maths.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by coursework and written exam.

What can I do next?

It is likely that you will want to go onto further study at university. Students who study Computing can go on to a wide range of careers and degree programs including Computing, ICT and Games Design.

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If you're well organised, good at solving problems and have excellent IT skills, you may find opportunities for a rewarding career in this field.

To get into this job, you'll need experience of working on projects, for example as part of a project support team. Training and qualifications will also help, in particular, PRINCE2 certification.

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