Course informationComputers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home. In this increasingly technological age, a study of computer science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is not only valuable to the learners themselves but also essential to the future well-being of the country.
Computer science integrates well with subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a fundamental level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends the learners’ horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals.
This course encourages learners to develop:
• An understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
• The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so.
• The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
• The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
• Mathematical skills
• The ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.
This course promotes the integrated study of computer science. It will enable learners to develop a broad range of skills in the areas of programming, system development, computer architecture, data, communication and applications.
The knowledge, understanding and skills are split into 3 components:
• Programming and system development: Written exam
• Computer Architecture, data communication and applications: Written exam
• Programmed solution to a problem: Non-exam assessment project
QualificationsA Level Computer Science
This course leads to...This course provides a suitable foundation for the study of Computer Science or a related area through a range of higher education courses, progression to the next level of vocational qualifications or employment. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.
Entry RequirementsCity 6 Entry Requirements for 16-18s
The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well
You must achieve a minimum of 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's (including English) or equivalent (this equivalence will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)
Students taking the Sciences must also obtain at least a grade B in Maths.
Students applying to study Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Spanish, Maths at A-level must obtain a grade B in the subject at GCSE.
All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school.
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