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Computer Science AS & A Level at NewVIc

Course description

From Facebook to running nuclear power stations, software development is at the heart of modern living. If you want to learn about computer programming and enjoy solving problems, you will enjoy this subject.

Course content

The course will focus on:

  • analysing user requirements, design and implementation of solutions
  • gaining an in-depth knowledge of computing and related topics
  • developing knowledge of programming theory
  • building practical skills in developing software programs
  • using the Visual Basic .NET programming environment
On the course you will:
  • design, create and test computer programs
  • research and understand computing concepts using Kerboodle (an internet-based VLE)
  • enhance your ability to work with numbers
  • build your problem-solving skills

Entry requirements

You will need to have averaged grade B in the majority of your GCSEs, including a minimum grade 6 in Mathematics. Your college programme must include AS-level Mathematics and should be Engineering, Science or Graphics/ Digital Media-focused. Computer Science is a challenging A-level which you are strongly advised to research well before choosing as one of your subject options.

Assessment

In the second year, you will undertake a major project and take one practical programming skills examination and one written examination.

Future opportunities

This subject is ideal if you intend to go on to study Computer Science, Software Engineering or newer courses such as Gaming or Genetic Engineering at degree level.

There are many related courses where knowledge of programming is an advantage. Computer Science is viewed as a difficult subject, in the same way as Mathematics and Science A-levels.

Further information

AS-level Computer Science must be taken in combination with AS-level Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NewVIc directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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    • Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) is London's largest sixth form college, offering full-time courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. NewVIc offers over 50 A Level subjects, 31 level 2 and 3 vocational programmes, as well as foundation, entry level and ESOL programmes.

      It is a diverse and friendly learning community, with an outstanding record of achievement. In 2013, 767 students progressed to university (91% of all applicants); 130 students gained places at the most selective universities, including 60 at Russell Group universities.

      The NewVIc Honours Programme is unique and provides academically gifted students with specialist pathways, a tailored curriculum and support for progression to the most selective universities.

      NewVIc has excellent sports facilities and is one of four London colleges accredited with Sports Leadership status. The college's extra-curricular enrichment programme is aimed at developing employability and leadership skills through various activities including mentoring, the Student Union and volunteering in the community.