Computer Science A Level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||Welsh Bridge Campus|
|Start date||September 2021|
|Course code||COM-AL (2123)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and grade 5 or above in Maths. This is a practical and challenging course designed for students who enjoy problem-solving, logic and “hands on” computer programming. Taught in well-equipped IT labs, students can expect their own dedicated PC in lessons, each with access to a range of visual programming languages.
What does the course involve?
- How can we improve cybersecurity in the 21st century?
- Should I be worried about driverless cars or robots?
- How does the computer understand the program I have written?
- How does a computer add or multiply decimal numbers?
How is the course assessed?
Two exams and coursework at the end of the 2 year course. Coursework is worth 20% of the final mark and involves writing a solution to a problem using visual and object-oriented techniques to prepare you for university courses and jobs in the IT industry.
This course will prepare you thoroughly for Computer Science courses at university or for degree level computing Apprenticeships. Previous students have gone to university to study: Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Internet Computing, Software Engineering, Games Programming and Civil Engineering. Others have secured computing apprenticeships at GCHQ, the BBC, BT and Capgemini.
Students are encouraged to attend the Villiers Park Inspiring Excellence in Computer Science residential course.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Level Computer Science (Mathematics, Physics)
Previous Institution: Idsall School
Coming to SCG gave me freedom and the Computer Science course is fantastic. The teachers are great and they help you out when you need it, but they don’t spoon-feed you - you have independence. I love the theory as well as the practical tasks and it is vital you learn both. I enjoy looking at algorithms and databases and hope to go into cyber security or games development in the future.
This course is linked to roles within the NHS.
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