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Computer Science A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Computer Science

A Level

AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Computer Science

 

Skills that will be developed:

This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a good foundation for understanding the future challenges that computer science can address.You will develop skills in logical, structured thinking, mathematics, efficiency and problem solving and your patience and persistence will be tested. This course is appropriate for anybody who enjoys finding the best solution to a problem.

 

What will you learn?

The course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language. Instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. Thinking computationally is an important life skill. Computing /Computer Science is about designing new algorithms to solve new problems. Many great challenges lie in the future for Computer Scientists to solve. The specific programming language taught in the first year is yet to be confirmed. Programming club will allow you to try your hand at different programming languages. Support for lower school programming lessons will enable you to pass on your knowledge and improve your communication and explanation skills.

 

Entry Requirements:

You must achieve a grade 6 or higher at GCSE ICT (short course or full course) AND a grade 6 or higher at GCSE Mathematics. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge of Computing. However, students who have not programmed in Python before will need to complete some independent study tasks.

 

What happens when you have finished?

This course is designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial – a topic high on the government agenda for education. One can study Computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.

 

 

 

Entry requirements

You must achieve a grade B or higher at GCSE ICT or Computer Science AND a grade 6 or higher at GCSE Mathematics. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge of Computing. However, students who have not programmed in Python before will need to complete some independent study tasks

Future opportunities

This course is designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial – a topic high on the government agenda for education. One can study Computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.

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: 01 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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