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A Level Computer Science at Royal Latin School

Course description

In the 21st Century there will be a real need for experts in the field of Computer Science. At AS and A, Computer Science offers the opportunity to study a dynamic, relevant and challenging subject. In the course, we will look at how computers work, how data is transmitted and computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compute it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. For example, we may be computing with DNA at some stage in the future, with computer circuits made of genes. This leads to the question, does the natural world ‘compute’?.

We live in a digitalised, computerised and programmable world and to understand it we need computing. Students with these skills will have a clear marketable edge in tomorrow’s world. It is valuable for those thinking of degrees and careers in a large range of areas including Software Engineering, Network Engineering, Game Designing, Media as well as , Medicine, Engineering and Mathematics. In fact most 21st Century careers will involve computing in some shape or form.

Course content

Component 1: Characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storages devices—Components of a computer and their uses, types of processors. Software and software development, Exchanging Data—how data is exchanged between different systems. Data Types, data structures and algorithms, Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.

Component 2: Elements of Computational thinking, Problem solving & Programming, Algorithms, Assessment for year one is internal assessment only.

Assessment for A-Level is by two examinations in June, both worth 40% and 2.5 hours in duration. An internally assessed coursework of 20% is also completed in Year Thirteen.

Entry requirements

A minimum grade B in Computer Science is required however if GCSE Computer Science has not be studied, then a grade A in GCSE Mathematics is required. To be successful it is essential that you are fully committed to the course and motivated enough to pursue extensive additional research and study. You will need to be keen to read and assimilate ideas from a range of sources and to have plenty of enthusiasm.

Further information

The course will involve practical sessions in which the students will use programmable systems and get to use a number of different programming languages.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Royal Latin School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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