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Computer Science AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

This A Level course is only offered as a two year programme.

Computer Science is about understanding the mathematical, scientific and engineering principles underlying all the computer systems we use, from smartphones and the Internet to systems that can interpret natural language.

You will write programs in the VB.NET language, progressing to object oriented programming. Many students also explore other languages such as C++, JavaScript and Python. You will also develop a substantial application, previous examples are a gravity and friction simulator, program to model light phenomena and a projectile simulator.Also studied are the fundamentals such as binary arithmetic and working with floating point numbers as well studying in depth topics such as networks, security, encryption, Internet protocols, processor architecture and how sound and graphics are stored.

Course content

Here are some of the topic areas we cover:

  • Programming skills using Visual Basic.NET
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Theory of computation
  • Data structures, algorithms and programming paradigms
  • Communication and networking
  • Databases and Big Data

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language

Future opportunities

Many of our students continue on to university to study Computer Science or related subjects such as Forensic Computing and Security and Games Technology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.