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. 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.
- Average point score* of 4.5 or above, 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
- Grade B/6 or above in GCSE Maths
- Grade B/6 or above in GCSE English Language.
What will I study?
- 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 writing code, creating algorithms, problem solving and using abstraction.
- Programming Project; this is a final project where you can code for a practical purpose, e.g. a game, accounting program, etc
What could I do next?
Computer Science leads on to degree courses including Computer Science, Software Engineering, Games Programming, Web Development and Artificial Intelligence plus many more. You can also move into the workplace in areas such as technician, programming, systems design and development.