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Computer Science A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

This modern qualification gives an insight into a range of computing systems, including an understanding of the principles of programming and the solving of problems. 
This course is ideal for any student who enjoys puzzles and problem solving and is considering a career in which expertise with computers and networks is important. 

Course content

You will develop a broad understanding of the key principles of computer systems, including data, hardware, software and communications. You will learn to use high and low-level programming and web development languages, how to analyse and design solutions to real-world challenges, about the implementation of programming solutions and how data is stored and represented by a computer. You will focus on problem solving, programming and data representation, as well as computer components and the internet. Areas of study also include operating systems and networking. 
Through taking this course you will learn: 
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. 
  • An understanding of the organisation of computer systems. 
  • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming in a range of contexts to solve problems. 
  • The capacity to see relationships between aspects of the subject. 
  • An understanding of the consequences of using computers, including an awareness of emerging technologies and the appreciation of their potential impact on society. 

Entry requirements

To succeed at this course you should be interested in computing and its impact on organisations and society. You should have the ability to work hard, and at times, independently. 
You will need 5 or more A*-C grades in GCSEs or equivalent including English and Mathematics and at least a grade B in ICT GCSE (or equivalent). 

Future opportunities

Many students go on to take a degree course in computing or computing related subjects, leading to a future in programming, networking, business and other related areas.
AS/A Level Computing is useful when applying for a variety of careers from engineering to banking, or as the entry requirement to become a trainee programmer or software engineer. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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