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Computer Science

Subject Area: ICT
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
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What do I need to study this course?

You need to achieve at least grade 6 in GCSE Maths, and grade 4 in GCSE English. GCSE Computer Science is not a requirement but would be useful. Our most successful students are logically minded and enjoy problem solving.

What will I study?

You will learn how to think about problems in such a way that they can be solved using an algorithm, and how to program a computer to automate these. You will learn how to write reliable and efficient code using industry standard best practices.

In the first year, you will learn the theory of how computers represent different types of data as binary numbers and develop your coding skills in procedural programming.

In the second year, your programming skills will be extended to object-orientation and you will learn SQL. You will also undertake a substantial programming project (20% of your final grade), which will involve the development of a bespoke application, computer game or simulation. Students will devise their own project brief based on individual skills and interests.

What next?

A level Computer Science, with its emphasis on problem solving, abstract thinking and mathematical reasoning, is a good foundation for the higher study of a computer science degree. If studied alongside A level Maths, it could lead to an engineering or science-based degree. Alternatively, the skills you will gain through studying this A level could lead directly to employment within the software development industry.