Computer Science A Level

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Computer Science A Level2019-05-28T08:00:52+00:00

Why Choose Computer Science?

Computer Science is a practical and yet intensely creative subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in class to real world systems. Students will develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. This course provides an excellent grounding for students wanting to study Computer Science or other technical subjects at university. It combines well with Maths or any of the three sciences.

Resources and Facilities

  • Two teaching rooms equipped with modern hardware and software
  • Drop-in study areas equipped with computers are also available to Computer Science students

Teaching and Learning Styles

A mix of practical and theory lessons

  • Practical lessons include programming basics, creating software solutions and coursework
  • Theory lessons include topics such as data types and structures, programming languages, computer hardware, networks and web technologies

Extra-Curricular Activities

A trip to Blechley Park - home of Enigma Machine code breaker Alan Turing and a tour of facilities and review of the first computers. In addition we run a Cyber Club following GCHQ's Cyber Discovery programme.

Progression Opportunities

Most of our students will go on to study either Computer Science or a related subject at university.

Katie HopkinsBlessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic CollegeComputer ScienceI chose to study Computer Science because I have always been interested in the subject and I believe it is a thing that is important to understand in a world of increasing technology. I enjoy studying Computer Science because it comprises of both practical aspects, where we get to turn our ideas, and algorithms into fully functioning programs and theory, in which we are able to understand the background of why and how computers work.After leaving College, I am hoping to attend either Reading or Aston University to study Computer Science and Business.

Katie Hopkins

Computer Science - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to study Computer Science because I have always been interested in the subject and I believe it is a thing that is important to understand in a world of increasing technology. I enjoy studying Computer Science because it comprises of both practical aspects, where we get to turn our ideas, and algorithms into fully functioning programs and theory, in which we are able to understand the background of why and how computers work.After leaving College, I am hoping to attend either Reading or Aston University to study Computer Science and Business.

Assessment

There will be two equally weighted units (total 80%) assessed by two written papers of 2 hour and 30 minutes each: Computer Systems, Algorithms and Programming. There is also a Programming Project (20%) for students to complete

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Computer Science64Computer Science GCSE grade 4 or above or other evidence of programming.A Level Maths Average GCSE grade of 5.5Experience of most common computer applications.

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