The A Level Computer Science course is divided up into three topics
Programming: This topic looks at both the theory of programming and how to program in C#
Computing Fundamentals: This topic looks at the core fundamentals of computer science.
Project: The non-exam assessment enables you to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve or investigate a practical problem. You will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving. This project is a substantial piece of work, requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, which is organised, evaluated and presented in a report.
You will be taught how to write programmes in C# and, in the second year we will extend that to include object oriented programming techniques.
You will practice what you have learnt by creating solutions to lots of different programming problems.
You will learn the fundamental ideas behind how computers process your instructions, store your data and communicate with other devices. You will be assessed through practical programming exercises, end-of-unit tests, mock exams and homework.
A Level Computer Science
Students need to buy Workbooks which follow the course. These amount to only a few pounds in total.
GCSE Maths Grade 6
GCSE Computer Science is not a requirement for studying the A Level, but if you have taken GCSE Computer Science you will need to achieve at least a grade 4
Students are given the chance to enter the annual National Cipher Challenge run by the University of Southampton in conjuction with IBM, GCHQ, Trinity College Cambridge, BCS, Netcraft and IO.
No – If you have GCSE Computing, the A Level builds on the work you have done in GCSE. However, if you have not taken the GCSE Computing course then we will teach you everything you need to know.
If you have GCSE Computing then you will need to achieve at least a grade 4.
No – You will be learning how computers work at a low level rather than how to install hardware. However you will be doing lots of practical programming.