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Computer Science A Level at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

Course description

Exam board: AQA

Course Overview:

Programming, data structures, algorithms, computational thinking, data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture, consequences of using computing, communication and networking, databases and software development

Assessment Overview

•       Two exams, each worth 40%.

•       A computing practical project worth 20% of the total A level grade

Course content

In addition to the academic qualifications students also spend a day a week working on Challenge Projects. These are extended projects designed and delivered in conjunction with partners from academia and industry, the aim of which is to prepare students for STEM based careers. Through Challenge Projects students develop a practical hands on understanding of science, learn practical skills relevant to the partner organisation, acquire transferable skills such as formal writing, presentation, teamwork and leadership, and understand the range of scientific careers available to them upon graduation. In Challenge Project time students also complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which carries UCAS points and is highly regarded by many universities. Furthermore, students are able to work towards a range of other relevant awards.

Entry requirements

A Level STEM Programme

Minimum entry requirements for A level courses: 7 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (including English grade 4) with double or triple science (grade 6/6) and Maths (grade 5/6 depending on subject choice).

 

Please see our website for more information - https://cast.education/curriculum/a-level

Future opportunities

Students graduating from Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology will be exceptionally well prepared to progress into higher education, work or an apprenticeship, ready to build careers that contribute to the Cambridge success story.

University

Graduating from Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology will give you a head start when it comes to choosing a university. Employers are seeking specialist science staff in all areas, and a degree will help take your career to the next level.

Apprenticeships

Our employer partners are highly supportive of apprenticeships, and offer opportunities to our students. Apprentices are paid while they train, attending college one day a week and learning hands-on in the workplace as they gain valuable qualifications. They also offer an alternative route to higher education.

Employment

The Cambridge area is full of highly successful employers ready to take on new staff who leave Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology with an impressive range of specialist qualifications – ready to go straight into the workplace and develop their careers.

Further information

Please come to our Open Evening and taster day:

Open Evening: Thursday 18th October (5-9pm)

Taster Day: Saturday 10th November (9.30am-12.30pm) - for applicants by invitation

The Open Evening will be an excellent opportunity to find out more about Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology and talk to our staff and students.

The Taster Day is a chance to experience Challenge teaching, try out some of the facilities and have a guidance meeting with one of our experienced staff.

The Open Evening and Taster Day will be held at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology building, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SZ (on the SW corner of Long Road and Robinson Way).

Applications for 2019 are now open.

Please visit www.cast.education for how to apply through UCAS Progress. Taster sessions will generally be offered to students placing Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology first or second. Offers are based on predicted grades, attendance record, personal statements and references, as well as commitment to the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology workplace model as demonstrated at the taster days.

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: 15 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12Comp
  • Web url: www.cast.education

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    • Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is an academy school, students can join the college to study A levels or BTEC at age 16, or to study for GCSE Foundation at age 13 (year 9) and GCSEs at age 14 (Year 10).  Students are offered a unique opportunity to achieve traditional qualifications whilst also getting a head start in developing the skills required for careers in the twenty-first century.  The college works with a wide range of academic, industry and healthcare providers from across the Greater Cambridge Region to provide a cutting edge science and technology education in state of the art facilities.

      Students work for a day a week on Challenge Projects, these are extended projects designed and delivered in conjunction with specialist external partners, the aim of which is to prepare students for STEM based careers.   Through Challenge Projects students develop a practical hands on understanding of science, learn practical skills relevant to the partner organisation, acquire transferable skills such as formal writing, presentation, teamwork and leadership, and understand the range of scientific careers available to them upon graduation.

      Our open event is on the 18th October 2018. To register please follow this link - https://goo.gl/forms/KJeWMFk1eTeXY2pW2