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A level Computer Science at Winstanley College

Course description

Why should I study Computer Science at Winstanley College?

Computer Science is an exciting and challenging new subject that has at its core the study of computational thinking which is increasingly regarded as an essential skill for the 21st Century. Studying Computer Science will allow you to develop the ability to think logically, algorithmically and recursively to analyse problems and to gain experience of writing computer programs to solve such problems.

What will I study?

You will learn to understand the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science such as abstraction and decomposition as well as learning to express the laws and processes of computation using mathematics.  You will learn about software and systems development, hardware and networks and gain an awareness of the technologies involved.  You will develop an understanding of computer systems and an appreciation of the impact and consequences of computer use on society. You will apply the principles of computation to design and develop computer programs to solve problems, gaining experience of programming using procedural, object-oriented and functional programming approaches. 

How will I learn?

You will learn in a supportive and friendly environment, working both independently and in small groups to develop your knowledge of computer systems and understanding of computational thinking skills.  You will also practise designing and writing programs to solve problems, working largely at your own pace, in a specialist air-conditioned computer room. 

What do I need to study this subject?

Computer Science is a challenging and mathematical A-level so it is recommended that you will have strong mathematical skills with at least Grade B at GCSE.  It is also essential that you have experience and knowledge of computer systems and programming gained through either a GCSE in Computer Science or equivalent independent study.

What subjects combine well with Computer Science?

We recommend that Computer Science students also study Mathematics, as there is a strong link between the two subjects and Computer Science does include significant mathematical content.  Together these two subjects create a good foundation that combines well with a whole range of other subjects including Physics, other sciences and Economics, as well as other less “obvious” combinations, for example with Art for those interested in a career in Architecture.  Some students also choose to combine Computer Science with IT to gain every advantage for pursuing a career in the IT industry. 

Enrichment Activities

Studying Computer Science at Winstanley however, is more than just about passing exams. Students are encouraged to take part in a range of additional enrichment activities which have included visits to local universities and presentations by guest speakers and ex-students. The Code Club meets on a weekly basis to give individuals and small groups the opportunity to devise and work on their own projects thereby extending their experience and skills. 

Future careers

Studying Computer Science can lead onto a number of career options including any branch of Computer Science, Software Development, Network Systems, Information

Support Services and Interactive Media and Web Design. Previous students have taken degrees at university for example in Computer Science, Computer Games

Software Development as well as one of the many branches of Engineering including software, civil and mechanical.

Exam Board: AQA

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years