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Computer Science AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Having an A-level in Computer Science is highly regarded when you venture into employment or to university; A-level Computer Science opens you up to a world of possibility, with so many avenues and sectors you can get into. Computer Science A-level will prepare you for one of the many courses available at university including computing, software, engineering, business and computing or computing graphics, amongst over 4000 others!

As computers are such an integral part of the workplace in society, people with A-level Computer Science skills are in extremely high demand. Amongst the many career possibilities that are available to you with A-level Computer Science include software engineering, systems analysis, computer programming, animation and many more. Alternatively, there are a number of students that go into careers unrelated to computing but the skills they have gained in AS or A level Computer Science are still utilised due to increasing technological advances.

The basis of this course is computation, both in theory and practice. Computer Science is an academic subject that requires you to be systematic and logical, and so often lends itself to the more technically minded student.

Teaching and learning is achieved through a combination of theory and practical work. The main programming language we teach through is C#, other languages are also taught such as SQL and Assembly. This gives you a head-start, placing you above the competition and is a great segue into other languages like C++ and Java.

Computer Science is the A-level course for you if you are interested in learning how to program computers and gaining a deeper understanding of the technical aspects of computer systems. Programming is fundamental to A-level Computer Science; programs can be as simple as adding two numbers or complex searching algorithms, such as binary tree traversal.

Course content

  • Lessons take place in specialist IT rooms with 1:1 networked PCs.
  • You will be taught by specialists in their field through a variety of demonstrations, lectures and by undertaking a variety of practical tasks, individually and in small groups.
  • You will have access to hardware and networking lab facilities for the practical parts of the course.
  • You will be shown how to use the College's eLearning and online social collaboration space.

Entry requirements

AS/A Level Computing requires a systematic and logical approach to problem solving.

You will require at least 5 A*-C grade passes at GCSE, including English; with Mathematics grade B. GCSE, IT/Computing at GCSE is not required.


If places are still available we may consider strong candidates who have Mathematics grade C at the discretion of the Head of Curriculum.

Assessment

The A-level in Computer Science is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course, requiring you to demonstrate your ability in drawing together knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study.

You will sit 2 exams and undertake a substantial project (non-exam assessment) for the A-level and 2 exams for the AS.

Future opportunities

61% of our students continued onto Computer Science or IT related degree courses at university, with others leading on to degree courses in robotics, artificial intelligence, digital media, gaming, web technology and networking.

Some students move directly into IT employment or take up IT/computing apprenticeships.

Computing skills are extremely sought after and command high rewards - Graduates in Computer Science have the second highest average salary (within six months of graduating), at £26,536. Only medicinal and dentistry indisturies have higher average salaries (£31,853). In comparison, the mean salary for all graduates was £21,725 (taken from ‘Engineering UK 2015 - The state of engineering’).

The A-level in Computer Science also forms an excellent skills base for employment in the IT industry as a developer or technician.

Further information

Alongside Computer Science, well suited subjects are Mathematics, Physics or Electronics. Other recommended subjects include ICT, Business, Psychology, Design and Music Technology.


The programming language is C#.


All students will also have access to DreamSpark Premium while enrolled at college, giving you access to Office 365 on up to 5 devices, 1TB online cloud storage and Windows 8.1, 10, Visual Studio, Server 2012, all free!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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