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Computer Science AS/A-Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives; from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century. Computing drives innovation in the sciences (human genome project, AIDS vaccine research, environmental monitoring and protection, just to mention a few), and also in engineering, business, entertainment and education. If you want to make a positive difference in the world, study computing.

Course content

AS Level

  • Computing principles
  • Algorithms and Problem solving

A Level

  • Computer systems
  • Algorithms and Programming
  • Programming project

Entry requirements

Students require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. Students without GCSE Maths at grade C or above and/or who did not take GCSE Computing may have problems with the course and should speak to ICT staff before opting for the course.

Assessment

Two written examinations in AS Level. Two written examinations at A Lev

Future opportunities

The number of entry-level positions for graduates in the IT and telecommunications sector has more than doubled over the past 10 years.

Non graduate jobs related to computer science often require further training and can lead to secretarial and administrative work, technical support or an apprenticeship related to IT.

Graduate careers related to computer science include software development, security, systems analysis, database administration, network and systems administration, IT consultant, multimedia programmer, games developer or even secondary teacher!

Further information

We have two modern, networked ICT Suites using upto-date software and broadband Internet access. Place House has 50 computers networked to the main site and 5 new Data Projectors with multi-media facilities for use in lessons. Internet, scanners, digital still and video cameras will be used during the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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