In an increasingly globalised world that is dependent upon information technology and the Internet, having programming skills will help your career prospects. This course is ideal for anyone planning to have a career in gaming, networking, web design or computer programming.
The first year of the course aims to develop both programming skills and knowledge of the fundamental principles of Computer Science. You will learn to design and implement computer programs using Visual Basic. Other topics covered include the binary number system,
computer hardware, Boolean algebra, the structure of the Internet and computer networking as well as abstract games development.
In the second year you will build upon the programming and problem solving skills developed in the previous year. You will create software to manipulate data structures such as lists, queues, stacks and trees. You will program algorithms that search and sort data. Your second year project can either be a professionally created business software or an interactive multi-player computer game.
You will gain an understanding of the role played by Alan Turing in the development of the modern
computer. Your practical skills will be developed further; you will be introduced to the concept of object orientated programming and you will learn to develop database applications.
General Entry Requirements:
A Level programmes require a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 6 and 3 GCSEs at grade 5.
Subject Specific Requirements:
English Language grade 5, Mathematics grade 6 and one grade 6 from Core Science (Science A) / Additional Science / Biology / Chemistry / Physics.
How will I be assessed?
Two examinations and a coursework project are used to assess A Level Computer Science. During the examination students will be
expected to write and amend computer programs.
The coursework project requires the development of a substantial computer system in an area of interest selected by the student.
Where does it lead?
A Level Computer Science acts as an ideal foundation for further study in higher education and eventual employment.
The computer programming skills developed on this course are in
demand in industry and commerce.
If you plan to study for a degree in Engineering, Mathematics,
Computing, Games Design, Web Development, Internet Forensic
Security or traditional Science subjects, the skills developed on this course will prove invaluable.
Many of our students have gone on to successfully study Computer Science at university including: The University of Manchester, Imperial College London, York University, Leeds University,
Lancaster University, UCLan, Edge Hill University and Bath University.