A LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE

Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C, including English and either a B in Maths or C in Maths and B in Computer Science. As an alternative to A Level Computer Science you may wish to explore the BTEC in Computing.

Course Content

Computer Science is a broad-based course where you will gain a sound understanding of the internal structure of computers and how they operate. A large part of the course will be spent studying programming and developing skills in expressing solutions to problems using algorithms.

Advances in computing are transforming the way we work and our new Computer Science specifications are changing with the times. This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical resoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is an excellent foundation for understanding these future challenges.

AS Level
Topics covered at AS Level include:

  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Fundamentals of Data Structures
  • Systematic Approach to Problem Solving
  • Theory of Computation
  • Fundamentals of Data Representation
  • Fundamentals of Computer Symstems
  • Fundamentals of Computer Organisation and Architecture
  • Consequences of Uses of Computing
  • Fundamentals of Communication and Networking

A2 Level

The AS level and A Level are co-teachable, therefore the A Level includes the same topics as the AS level plus the following:

  • Fundamentals of Algorithms
  • Fundamentals of Databases
  • Big Data
  • Fundamentals of Functional Programming
  • Computing Practical Project

Some of the topics at AS level will h ave further, more advanced conmponents added to them which will be taught specifically for the A Level only.

Career Progression

The course provides an excellent foundation for any Computer Science related course. Many students have moved on to a degree course for example, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Games Design and Software Engineering. Computing personnel are required in many industries, such as Botany and Biology, Space and Aeronautics, National Defence, Sports Equipment, Computer Games Design, Transport and Travel, Modern Media, Social Networking and Medicine and Medical Research.

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