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A Levels

A Level Computer Science (September 2022 Start)

Start Date: 05/09/2022
Start Time: 09:00
End Date: 18/06/2024
End Time: 17:00
Day(s): Monday to Friday
Site: College Main Site

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Course Overview

Our Computer Science course is designed to develop students ‘computational thinking skills’. The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to develop their understanding and ability in the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. Computational thinking – developing the understanding, ability to analyse and to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science including; abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation. Including:

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, software and software development.
  • Data types, structures and algorithms.
  • Developing mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/logic and comparison of the complexity of algorithms.


Qualification Gained

  • GCE A Level in Computer Science

After The Course

This programme is excellent preparation for studying a degree in Computing/IT or any of the science degrees. It provides valuable skills such as; abstract thinking, problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning needed for success in Science and maths. Previous students have gone on to study Computer Science at university, progressed to other qualifications such as Apprenticeships in IT or gained employment in the industry.

What Will I Learn

As part of the course you will learn practical programming skills; however this is also a theoretical course and you will spend much of your time learning the underlying ideas that will help you understand how programs are designed and how computers work. You will also learn critical thinking and problem solving skills.

English And Maths

There is significant development of mathematical skills in the expression of computational laws and processes. English is developed through the use of specific technical language.

Our Lecturers

The course is taught by well qualified and experienced lectures who are dedicated to ensuring student success through effective curriculum delivery and high-quality pastoral support. The team includes staff with relevant sector expertise.

Teaching Learning and Assessment

Variety of delivery methods including classroom activities, professional discussions, digitally-enabled activity, presentations and directed study.

Tutorials

As a student, you will have weekly tutorials that are used for one to one support, progress updates, employability skills and preparation for University.

How Will I Be Assessed

Paper one is a practical computer based exam and paper two is an hour and half paper exam.

Entry Requirements

  • You need five GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 (A* to C), including English and Maths.
  • GCSE Science grade 6 or above is desirable but not essential.

Required Experience

No specific experience is required for this course but a keen interest in Computer Science is essential.

How To Apply

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