Digital : IT Computer Science

A Level

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

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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In Computer Science, you’ll like a challenge and will have a logical approach to solving problems. A large part of this course involves learning how to use a variety of programming languages to write computer programs to solve a series of problems. Towards the end of your first year, you’ll be able to call yourself a Computer Programmer! Computer Science is a technical subject within which you’ll also gain an understanding of the internal structure of a computer, how the CPU actually functions, the role binary plays in storing all of the data on all of the computers in the world and also how the internet manages to function correctly on a day-to-day basis.

Five GCSEs at grade 9-4. You will need a logical mind to write your own computer program successfully and for this reason, grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics is required.

At HSDC Alton on the Computer Science A Level you will:

  • Cover topics such as programming, data structures, algorithms, databases, computer systems and networks
  • Be taught how to create ‘good’ computer programs
  • Develop a systematic approach to solving problems using both procedural, event-driven and functional programming languages such as: C#, Haskell, Java, Pascal, Prolog, Python and Visual Basic
  • Complete a practical programming project based on the requirements of a real end user
  • Analyse and design a range of challenging problems before creating and testing solutions
  • Learn how a computer translates a computer program into a form that the CPU can understand
  • Find out about binary, hexadecimal and how to analyse and simplify Boolean logic
  • Understand what really happens in the ‘heart’ of a CPU
  • Be able to fully appreciate what happens when you click on a link to browse the Internet
  • Gain an understanding of how a computer can create and play music recorded as a series of 1s and 0s

Lesson activities will include writing a number of computer programs to solve a range of challenging problems, independently researching how devices and systems function, working on individual programming projects, actively participating in class discussion plus a number of quizzes to test understanding.

80% exams, 20% coursework.
Two exam papers:
Paper 1 (on-screen exam includes programming)
Paper 2 (written exam)

No additional costs. The course textbook is available online.

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student