Level 3, A-Level
Duration: Two Year Course
A-Level Computer Science will see you study the technical aspects of hardware and networking, alongside concepts of programming.
This subject is not about simply learning to use tools, or training in a programming language. Instead, it is about computational thinking: a style of reasoning used by both humans and machines. There is an emphasis on problem solving, application of knowledge and skills development. You will use VB.NET over the two years of this course.
The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. For example; at some stage in the future we might be computing with DNA, using computer circuits made of genes.
- Computer Systems; focuses on the theory side of Computer Science such as looking at Components of a Computer, Systems Software, Software Development, Data, Networks and Boolean Algebra.
- Algorithms and Programming; this looks at the more practical side of Computer Science such as writing code, creating algorithms, problem solving and using abstraction.
- Programming Project; this is a final project where you can code whatever you want if it's suitable for practical purpose, e.g. a game, accounting program, etc.
How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?
Two written exams at the end of the second year, each worth 40% of the final grade. There will also be an independent programming project with a report that will be worth 20% of the course. This is a challenging course, requiring high levels of independent thinking and the ability to structure your thoughts logically and precisely.
Why Should I Choose Seevic College?
You will have two very experienced tutors who have been teaching Computer Science for many years, with experience creating programs professionally for different organisations.
What Could I Do Next?
If you want to progress to a Computer Science degree, or you just want the best possible start for your career as a Programmer, then A-Level Computing is ideal. It can also be studied alongside ICT, as each course focuses on very different aspects of the subject.
General Entry Requirements
Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths.
If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.
Specific Entry Requirements
- Grade B/6 or above in GCSE Maths
- Grade B/6 or above in GCSE English Language.