The Computer Science course is ideal for students with an enthusiasm for learning how computers operate at machine level and to develop a greater understanding of programming environments.
The course is taught using a mixture of practical and theory lessons. Practical lessons will involve a range of individual activities to allow development of key programming skills. Theory sessions will include a mixture of group work and independent study opportunities.
During the first year you will study the following topics:
- Computing Principles
- Algorithms and Problem Solving
You will then study three further topics in Year 13:
- Computer Systems
- Algorithms and Programming
- Programming Project
The first two topics build on the knowledge and understanding from the units covered in year 12 delivering a greater level of comprehension. The programming project allows you to plan and implement a solution to a real world ICT problem, identified by yourself, to create an effective solution using a broad range of programming skills.
This course will give you an excellent grounding in fundamental programming techniques and a theoretical knowledge of computer systems. Both of these areas will be advantageous for those hoping to forge a career in the Computer Science Industry or a related higher education course. Visual Basic is an industry standard programming language, and is used throughout year 12 and 13.
All students wishing to study Computer Science at A Level you should have a minimum of a grade 6 in Maths at GCSE due to the level of computational thinking required to complete the course.
No formal Computing or ICT based qualification is required for entry; however, you may find some concepts easier to understand if you’ve studied Computer Science previously at GCSE level.