Computer Science A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College
Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home. In this increasingly technological age, a study of Computer Science, and particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is not only valuable to the learners but also essential to the future well-being of the country. Computer Science integrates well with subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a fundamental level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends the learners' horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals. For these reasons, Computer Science is as relevant to a learner studying arts subjects as it is to one studying science subjects.
You will gain an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation. The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so. It will reward you with the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. You will also gain the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science. Your mathematical skills will be developed and you will have the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.
You will need to have a GCSE grade of A*- C in Maths. There is no requirement to have followed any Computing/Computer Science or ICT course at GCSE; however, apart from GCSE Maths, it would be an advantage to have good written English skills and to undertake reading on a regular basis.
The majority of our students go on to higher education to study Computer Science or a related subject to degree level. The employment prospects of students who have a degree in Computer Science are excellent in all fields. Even the few who decide to pursue other avenues after A Level Computer Science find that the skills picked up while on this course help them with study and organisational skills, problem solving skills, presentation and report writing skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.