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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?

This is the Digital Age. Computer programmes have all but infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Computer scientists theorise, design, develop, and apply the software and hardware for the programmes we use day in, day out.

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

Students will be encouraged to develop the ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including data representation, logic and algorithms. In addition to these skills, the course also helps students to develop their skills in problem solving and coding.

The topics you will study are:

  • Problem solving
  • Programming skills
  • The theory of how computers represent different types of data
  • Consequences of using computing
  • Fundamentals of networking
  • Database theory
  • You will also undertake a programming project (worth 20% of your final grade)

What next?

Computer scientists are in demand and their salaries reflect this. A level Computer Science, with its emphasis on problem solving, abstract thinking and mathematical reasoning, is a good foundation for the study of a computer science degree. If taken 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.

Did you know?

The national average computer science undergraduate starting salary is £27,942.