Level: 3 | Duration: 2 Years | Details: September | Exam Board: AQA
Please note all of our A Level subjects must be studied as part of a full time A Level programme. You will choose 3 A level subjects to study over two years.
What is the course about?
The theory of Computer Science now affects our day to day lives, from the devices we cook our meals in to how we communicate. A Level Computer Science allows you to explore computational thinking methods, programming and the theory behind the subject, giving you the skills to succeed in Higher Education or in the workplace.
Why choose this course?
Computer Science is an ever advancing field which makes it a highly interesting subject to study and is very sought after in modern day industry. This is due to the fact that technology is always changing, what is relevant one year might not be the next so you will need to stay on top of current trends to help you with your understanding.
Technology makes up a large portion of the United Kingdom’s economy and we are heading through a digital revolution. Computer Science allows you to be part of the future as well as preparing you with skills for jobs that haven’t even yet been created.
The concept of A Level Computer Science is closely linked to Mathematics and Physics. Studying these A Levels will complement the course and help underpin your understanding of the subject.
A minimum of 3 x 5’s and 2 x 4’s at GCSE including a Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 5 in Maths and a Grade 6 in Computer Science. (If you didn’t take Computer Science at GCSE you will require a Grade 6 in Maths).
What will this course lead to?
The course could lead to a Bachelor’s Degree or Foundation Degree in the field. From here you could progress in to Application Development, Games Design, Computer Forensics or Artificial Intelligence to name a few possible careers. You could also stay at the college to complete a HND in Computing. There are many more, take a look at the careers boards in our classrooms for additional information.
What will I learn on this course?
You will be taught Python in readiness for your programming exam. Although some experience of Python would be advantageous, the course starts at the basics and works up to Object Oriented Programming and more complex data structures. You will also have the opportunity to see Maths in action, by applying mathematical theory to a Computer Science context.
In addition, you will also study the theory of Computer Science, linking to how programs are written and understood by a computer. You will also learn about the moral and ethical issues relating to Computer Science, exploring bigger questions such as “Is Google Street View an invasion of privacy?” We will also discover how computers process data at a hardware level.
You will also complete a project of your choice. The teaching team to support and guide you through this and ensure that it is within the scope of the specification. Although there is no defined language set by the exam board, you will be expected to use a language you are confident with.
There are several opportunities to develop your mathematics outside of the classroom, with planned trips to Bletchley Park and visiting speakers to explain how Computer Science is used in the ‘real’ world.
How will I be assessed?
You will complete mock examinations at the end of year 1 and two exams at the end of Year 2 plus a Non Examined Assessment with deadlines throughout the course.
Are there any costs associated with this course?
You need to bring along standard stationery and a set of files to store your work. Staff recommend purchasing AQA AS and A Level Computer Science by Heathcote (ISBN: 978-1910523070) to broaden your understanding of the subject, however this is not essential to the core of your studies. All other course materials will be provided by the department.
We have brand new, modern teaching rooms in the IDEA Centre which are spacious and inspiring. We also have a Moodle site which is populated with a range of resources to support your study of Computer Science outside the classroom.
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- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
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