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Computer Science A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

• Do you enjoy maths and are you a logical thinker?

• Are you interested in how computers and networks work?

• Are you interested in how computers can be programmed to do the tasks people need?

• Are you aware of the implications associated with the use of computer systems?

You will be able to investigate such issues on this course through theoretical analysis and hands-on practical work. If you want to learn about hardware, software and how to write your own programs then A Level Computer Science is the course for you.

Course content

You will start by focussing on the basics of computing: the binary number system, on which all digital computers are based, investigating processors, memory, hardware devices, systems software, communications methods and networks and the theory and practice of programming. You will then move to look at how Computing is applied. This will involve exploring different programming methods, databases, systems development, how the internet works and different categories of information systems. You will be taught to create programmes which will help support the programming theory and will prepare you for the examinations.

During the 2nd year you will also develop a practical project that will give you a deeper insight into software design. The project consists of a major systems analysis, design and implementation exercise for a real user. You will be responsible for its total development from analysis through to implementation and testing. This simultaneously allows you to be creative and to understand the practicalities of real world system development.

The course is taught by a variety of methods, including theory lessons, practical work and group work. Virtually all the resources are available on-line via Cirencester’s Moodle website, which has been specially created by the teaching team for this course.

This course consists of two exams at the end of the 2nd year and an individual project. One exam is a practical programming exam, conducted online and the other is a written theory exam.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths

Assessment

Students are assessed through two examinations and coursework at the end of 2nd year of the course.

Future opportunities

A Level Computer Science is ideal for students who wish to pursue further studies and/or a career in one of the many areas of Computing and I.T. Many of our students progress onto University courses, some degrees students progress onto after completing the course include:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science with Business Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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