A Level - Computer Science
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
A Level Computer Science is a technical subject which has a large practical element. The course examines the techniques used to design and write programs and makes students aware of the main principles of systems analysis. The emphasis is on Computational Thinking; students learn to become effective designers and implementers of computing solutions through algorithms, learning to program in a number of languages including Java, Visual Basic and SQL.
AS units include:
- Computing principles
- Algorithms and problem solving
A2 units include:
- Computer systems
- Algorithms and programming
- Programming project
You can expect to develop:
- the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and
- critically, applying knowledge, computational thinking, skills and understanding in a range of contexts to solve problems
- an understanding of the organisation of computer systems including software, hardware, data, communication and people
- skills in project and time management
- an awareness of the consequences of using computers and of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society
- a computer application for a real client.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade B in GCSE Science and grade 5/6 in Mathematics. Grade 6 in Mathematics is preferred due to the high mathematical content of the subject. Grade 5 in Mathematics will be considered if GCSE Computing has been studied to a Grade B.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
If you choose to study Computer Science, you will usually take it alongside three other A levels.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
- AS – 100% examination
- A2 – 80% examination/20% coursework
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study this course. However there may be some costs for trips.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
AS is a one year course; A Level is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body OCR
- Applications Accepting