Computer Science - A Level - Year 1

The course is designed not only to give you an insight into the science, mathematics and ‘art’ of how computers work, but more importantly will encourage you into a new way of thinking about the solutions to world problems. You will learn about different components and how each of them interacts to make a working machine. You will be taught to think in an abstract and computational way.

You will also discover 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 Python.

As well as introducing you to the world of computational thinking, the course will develop your problem solving skills, which can be applied throughout all of your subjects.

During the course you will study units including:

  • Computer Programming & Problem Solving - improving your problem solving skills, learning to program in Python and design and build programs to solve various problems. Computational thinking, thinking abstractly, thinking concurrently.
  • Computer Components - covering the internal components of a computer, how they process information and communicate.
  • Computer Science Concepts - further Computer Science concepts, such as operating systems, complex algorithms, databases and networking.
  • Practical Project - completion of 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 by written exams and an element of coursework.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs with 2 at Grade 6, including Maths and 3 at Grade 5.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Computing HNC/D
  • University - related degrees such as Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Engineering and Software Engineering
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career as a Programmer, Computer Analyst, Engineer, Network Engineer or Teacher.

Additional information

You will undertake an induction period at the start of the course to ensure you are supported and guided through the correct learning pathway. There will be opportunities for field work on this course to support the theory taught within college lessons.

This course is a great accompaniment for Physics, Graphics, Business, Engineering and Mathematics.

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