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Computer Science

Why A Level Computer Science?
This specification gives a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming, and the solving of problems.

Are there any recommendations for entry to this course?
Students must normally have achieved a grade 7 or above in GCSE Mathematics. Studying A level Mathematics would also be preferable.

What will I study?
Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Computer Science will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Topics covered: Computer fundamentals, programming techniques and logical methods, advanced computer theory and a computing project which involves designing solutions to problems, writing maintainable programs and testing and running a solution.

How will I be assessed?
There are two written examinations each of 2 hours 30 minutes and an independent programming project worth 20% of the total A Level.

What can study of this subject lead to?
This specification is excellent preparation for those students intending to pursue computing studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing or computer science.

Is there anything else I should know?
The new specification will introduce revised content to include greater emphasis on programming and mathematical content plus the removal of ICT based topics.