Computer Science is an ideal course for students who want to learn the underlying principles of how computers work.
The course examines the fundamental concepts including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. Students analyse problems in computational terms and through practical experience of programming, developing the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically, and critically.
At A Level, students write a program of their choice to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Many students choose to make simple 2D games such as Space Invaders or Pac-Man, which gives them a good grounding for higher education. This is a challenging course, requiring patience, perseverance and a very keen interest in computers.
Programming, systems analysis, software engineer, games development, database engineer, hardware and software research, technical support, network engineer, forensic computing and information security analyst are examples of typical careers. However, such is the exponential growth of computer science that many careers may not even exist yet!
Grade 6 in Computer Science if studied, plus grade 5 in Mathematics. Students that haven’t studied GCSE Computer Science will need to take an entry test before being accepted onto the course.
2 written 2.5-hour exams at the end of Year 13 and a programming project also completed in Year 13.