Computer Science

A Level

Computer Science combines logical thought, problem solving and creative design to appeal to those with an interest in writing algorithms and programming code.

There is a practical focus to this course as you’ll develop and test computer algorithms and applications using VB.Net as the main programming language. You’ll also develop critical analytical skills by learning about the internal workings of computers and the constructs behind program development.

Using the modern programming language VB.Net, you’ll learn to program while acquiring knowledge and understanding of software development, computer architecture, data representation and structures. It is strongly advised that you consider A Level Mathematics alongside this course if you wish to pursue a career in Computer Science.

Type of study
Full-Time
Examination board
AQA

Availability & Details

Computer Science, A-Level HF-COMPAL-D(0000)000

Venue
Havant Campus
Dates
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5 or above.

On this course you will study:

Year One:
The First Year concentrates on acquiring the fundamentals of Computer Science. Students will learn and understand software development, computer architecture, data representation and structures. Practical programming in VB.Net is used to solve problems and create algorithms.

Year Two:
The Second Year builds on the knowledge and understanding acquired in the First Year. This is applied to a computerised solution to a problem, chosen by the student as a non examined assessment worth 20% of their overall qualification. The solution will be developed using VB.Net and SQL.

This course will be taught in well-equipped computer rooms three times a week. Theoretical principles and algorithms will be introduced and you will be expected to carry out problem solving activities using the installed programming language, as well as written tasks. You will be expected to complete homework every week and must be prepared to work independently outside of lessons and on a computer.

You will be assessed at the end of the course by exams and a practical submission.

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Opportunities

A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to Higher Education or appropriate employment. The majority of our A Level Computer Science students go to university to study courses, including Computer Science, Cyber Security, Robotics, Mathematics, Physics, Electronics or Engineering, whilst others have elected to go directly into industry, gaining advanced Apprenticeships with companies such as IBM, Xyratex and BAE Systems.

Careers

Programmer
Cyber Security Expert
Cloud Capacity Manager
Data Analytic Officer
AI/Robotics Expert

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