Computer Science A Level at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College
- GCSEs to include a B in Maths and C in English Language
- Minimum GCSE point score required for this course: 5.1
- Course assessed by practical programming and theory exams plus one non-exam assessment
- You will learn to program using VB.net and have opportunities to enter the British Informatics Olympiad
- Studying Computer Science at top universities will also require A Level Maths.
Computing is all about learning to reason. It can be seen as a series of puzzles with formal solutions. The first year is all about problem solving and learning to program. The majority of students have never programmed a computer before, so we teach you how to write code from scratch. If you are a computer whizz then we have plenty of higher level activities to keep you going while the others catch up. We also look at problem solving methodologies like standard algorithms, decision tables and trace tables. In theory, we look at how information travels through a computer, different kinds of software, number systems, storing graphical data, external hardware and networking. In the second year you will develop your own computer system. This could be a revision quiz, football club membership system, an educational game, a matrices calculator or a code breaking system – if you can find a customer, you can even get paid for your work! This is excellent preparation for the sort of individual projects and dissertations that universities demand. We take you through all the stages of project development from analysis to evaluation. The theory is demanding and wide ranging, moving quickly across a broad range of topics from the Turing model to databases and normalisation of numbers to big data and programming paradigms. You need to be prepared to puzzle things out, to abstract information, to recognise patterns and to apply your knowledge.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barton Peveril Sixth Form College directly.