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Computer Science A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

Computer Science delves into the technical side of Computing and software development. It is designed to provide a detailed technical understanding of theoretical, mathematical and practical aspects of Computing.

Course content

A-Level Computer Science is a two year course. The first year has two distinct sections. In the first section, fundamentals of software development including programming and data structures are studied. This unit is designed to develop your computational thinking and is assessed through a combination of exam questions and a programming test in an on-screen exam. The second section covers a wide range of supporting technical knowledge including different representation and calculation of numbers, encryption, logic, system software, networking and a section on the moral, ethical and legal consequences of the use of computers. This is assessed through a written exam. In the second year, the syllabus develops your understanding of these sections further and introduces algorithms, the idea of big data and develops your knowledge of database systems. The individual project develops your understanding of the systems development lifecycle whilst giving you some scope for developing your own programming interests. A standalone one-year AS qualification may also be available. This covers the syllabus of the first year, but cannot be counted towards a full A-Level qualification.

Entry requirements

Computer Science would suit applicants who have already undertaken GCSE Computing / Computer Science or a similar technically-based subject and are competent with mathematics. Applications are also welcome from students who may not have done one of these qualifications, but who are intending to study maths, science or electronics based subjects and have the ability to think in a logical manner. A grade B in mathematics is desirable for this course, alongside standard A-Level entry requirements.

Assessment

A-Level Computer Science is assessed through:

  • an on-screen exam to test your understanding of programming fundamentals;
  • a written exam covering the technical and mathematical sections, and;
  • an individual project worth 20% of the A2 course. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.