Computer Science A Level
About this course
The course is designed to give you an insight into how computers work. You will learn about the different components and how each of them interacts to make a working machine. You will also learn how computers communicate with each other over a network. In addition you will learn how to write your own programs using the widely used programming language Java. As well as introducing you to the world of computing, the course will develop your problem solving skills, which can be applied throughout all of your subjects.
What will I learn?
During the course you will study units including:
Computer Programming & Problem Solving - This unit is designed to improve your problem solving skills. This is where you will learn to program in Java. You will learn how to design and build programs to solve various problems
Computer Components - This unit will cover the internal components of a computer, how they process information and communicate
Computer Science Concepts - Further Computer Science concepts are introduced, such as operating systems, complex algorithms, databases and networking
Practical Project - You will be required to complete a project in a computing field such as problem simulation, data processing or robotics. The project will develop your computing skills in analysis, design, implementation, testing and evaluation.
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed mainly by written exams with an element of coursework.
What do I need?
- 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)
In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.
Where can it take me?
Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching and Computing & Systems Development HNC/D
University - degree in computer science, artificial intelligence and software engineering
Careers - in programming and software development, software project management, robotics, artificial intelligence and network engineering
You will need access to a computer at home and a USB stick or online storage will be helpful. Computer Science combines well with Mathematics and Physics.