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Computer Science A Level (Block A) at St Simon Stock Catholic School

Course description

Year 12
Year 12 is comprised of 2 separate units, Unit 1 Computing Principles and Unit 2 Algorithms and Problem Solving. Students will study both these theory units as well as learn/improve their programming skills in preparation for the programming project in Year 13. The content covers areas such as the characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices. Also elements of computational thinking and problem solving are covered as well as algorithms. 

Year 13
Year 13 is comprised of 3 separate units, Unit 1 Computer Systems, Unit 2 Algorithms and Programming and the Programming Project which students use to demonstrate their programming and problem solving skills in this externally assessed unit. The other units are assessed via a traditional written paper with a mix of questions types.

Course content

Computer Science is a rapidly developing area that influences all aspects of life. Studying this course will provide an academic grounding to prepare students for  careers involving management of IT systems, programming, cyber security and engineering.

Entry requirements

Students should aim to achieve a minimum of a B grade in GCSE ICT or grade 5 in GCSE Computer Science. You have to have studied either ICT or Computer Science at GCSE to take the course for A-Level. We also expect a minimum of Level 5 in GCSE Maths.

Future opportunities

Computer Science gives students a variety of skills that are invaluable in the modern world. By studying Computer Science students are opening up several career/further study pathways including university, apprenticeships in IT or employment. Computer Science gives students knowledge and skills that are in great demand both in academia and in the workplace.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 28 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years