Computer Science (GCE) at Shelley College
Why study Computer Science?
The study of Computer Science is about developing an approach to problem solving that involves developing IT systems using your own programs.
It’s mainly about developing and using your own programming skills. Along side the programming you will look at how and why a computer works, what peripherals are available and how these communicate with each other.
The system lifecycle involves analysis, design, development/prototyping and evaluating computer systems. As you’re aware computing is constantly evolving with new technologies being developed and new uses for those technologies being developed almost daily so you will be required to keep up to date with current IT industry developments and you’ll be expected to read, watch and explain the IT news.
The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
Software and software development
Data types, data structures and algorithms
Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Elements of computational thinking
Problem solving and programming
Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.
Analysis of the problem
Design of the solution
Developing the solution
The aim of our entry criteria policy is to ensure students are taking courses they are well suited to and are able to make progress in. We seek to provide courses well matched to the needs of our students, helping them to follow their chosen progression pathway.
Due to changes in the curriculum set-up for GCSE, AS and A Level which are currently taking place, we have reviewed our entry criteria from 2018/19 onwards and will continue to review this annually until all curriculum changes are effective.
We have also decided that for the 2018/19 entry students, those with a 4 at English or Maths GCSE will be offered the opportunity to resit that subject in order to achieve a Level 5.
Our main College entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from five different subject areas.
Purely vocational pathway require a minimum of four 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from four different subject areas.
A BTEC qualification may be counted as equivalent to two GCSE passes if students choose to follow a vocational pathway (i.e, OCR Cambridge National in Sport).
There will be three pathways which students can follow based on an average grade produced from their seven best GCSE results. The calculation being used for this van be seen overleaf.
Programme of study
Average grade of 7 or higher
3 or 4 A Levels
Average grade of 5 to 6.9
3 A Levels or a mixed A Level and Vocational pathway
Average grade of less than 5
Mixed (A Level and Vocational) or Vocational pathway
The method for calculating your average grade and additional subject requirements are within our full entry criteria document which can be found on the Sixth Form section of our website:
Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level
Algorithms and programming (02*) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of total A level
Programming project (03* or 04**) 70 marks Non-exam assessment 20% of total A level
In Computer Science terms the UK has some excellent courses to offer should you decide to go into this subject area. The courses range from:
Computer Network Technologies
Ethical Hacking for Security
Computing, Computing and IT
Games Programming, and many, many more.
The Association of Graduate Recruiters’ latest Graduate Recruitment Survey shows that the majority of business sectors are anticipating an increase in
the number of vacancies for grads this year, with the IT sector projecting an amazing 20.5 per cent rise.
Possible career routes include:
ICT or Network technicians
First line support staff and many more
How to apply
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