Computer Science A Level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||Welsh Bridge Campus|
|Start date||4 September 2023|
|Course code||COM-AL (2325)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, and grade 5 or above in Maths, plus grade 4 or above in Computer Science (if taken at GCSE).
What does the course involve?
Computer Science impacts almost all aspects of our modern society. This fantastic course offers versatile and essential skills for life and onward study, research or employment as problem-solving is at its heart. Students study the design, development and analysis of software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of business, scientific and social contexts. This course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of highly specialised industries from cybersecurity and computer science to games design and special effects.
You will be interested in finding out:
- 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?
80% Exam and 20% Coursework. Coursework involves writing a solution to a problem using visual and object-oriented programming techniques.
This course will prepare you thoroughly for Computer Science courses at university or for higher-level computing apprenticeships. Previous students have gone to university to study: computer science, computer forensics, artificial intelligence and robotics, games programming or related courses such as engineering or motorsport engineering.
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 two or three subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative vocational programme of study via a separate application. 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.
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