Computer Science A Level at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*
For this course, you should be interested in computers and how they work. For the programming unit, it helps if you are logical and enjoy problem-solving.
This course promotes the integrated study of computer science. It will enable you to develop a broad range of skills in programming, system development, computer architecture, data, communication and applications. Component 1 investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society. Component 2 investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications. Component 3 is a project in which you discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate, which must be solved using original code (programming). This is a substantial piece of work, and is undertaken over an extended period of time.
At least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths grade 6 (grade B).
Computing is an academic course designed to develop students' capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. You will learn through discussion, research, revision and problem-solving tasks. The project is guided by a teacher and is very hands-on.
Computing combines well with A Levels in Mathematics, Physics, Accounting or any other scientific/mathematical discipline. Progression to any university course with computing or software engineering in the title is possible, and computing is regarded favourably by universities as a 'difficult' subject which teaches higher level problem-solving skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.