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Computer Science A Level

Qualification

A-Level

Why study this course?

• Pursuing a career in IT, technology or computer science

• Acquiring knowledge and understanding in a variety of IT areas

• Developing computing skills in a range of disciplines

• Gaining an understanding of how IT is used within real-life and the wider world

• Preference for assessment by examination

Potential  careers:

• Software development

• Software engineering

• Web design

• Hardware and software installation

• Hardware and software configuration

• Network support and management

• Technical support

• Digital strategy

• IT consultancy

• Data management and protection

• Analytics

• Digital media

• Information systems

• Coding

Course content

A Level Computer Science helps students understand the core academic principles of computer science. Classroom learning is transferred into creating real-world systems through the creation of an independent programming project. Students will develop their technical understanding and their ability to analyse and solve problems using computational thinking. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Students will develop advanced problem solving skills through the use of fundamental principles of computer science.

Year 1:

• The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices

• Software and software development

• Exchanging data

• Data types, data structures and algorithms

• Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

• Analysis of the problem (Project)

• Design of the solution (Project)

• Developing the solution (Project)

• Evaluation (Project)

Year 2:

• Elements of computational thinking

• Problem solving and programming

• Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

• Analysis of the problem (Project)

• Design of the solution (Project)

• Developing the solution (Project)

• Evaluation (Project)

Staff contact:

Mr Askey and Mr Gangar