Computer Science A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

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 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 system. Through a range of units, you will be taught to think in an abstract and computational way and you will complete a practical project in a computing field.

You will also discover how computers hold and manipulate data using algorithms and ‘in-memory’ data structures, how machines ‘learn’ and how they 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.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of examinations (80%) and coursework (20%).

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 in Maths and English and 3 at Grade 5.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Computing HNC/D. Alternatively, you could study a related degree, such as Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Engineering and Software Engineering.

Additional information

Computer Science A Level traditionally combines well with Maths & Science, however any subject where analytical and/or abstract thinking is important would be suitable. The most important aspect is that you have a passion for the subject.

This course is ideal if you wish to pursue any career where problem solving and analytical skills are important, or specifically as a Computer Scientist, Systems Developer, Systems Analyst, Engineeri or wish to pursue higher qualifications in any other Computing specialism.

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