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Computing Specialist Qualification at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the computing sector and the fundamentals of Computer Science. The course consists of both written examinations and practical coursework. It is the equivalent to one A Level. This course is a two year qualification and cannot be taken as a one year AS equivalent course.

Why study the Specialist Qualification in Computing?
Specialist Qualifications are understood and recognised by a large number of organisations in the IT industry. They are developed to ensure they meet employer and student needs. The course prepares you for working in any organisation and can lead to Apprenticeships or count towards your UCAS points for Further Education.

Course content

Unit 1: 1. Principles of Computer Science (Mandatory)

This unit covers the principles that underpin all areas of computer science. It will develop your computationalthinking skills and you will apply these skills to solve problems.

Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems (Mandatory)

You will study the fundamental principles of how computer systems work, including the role of hardware and software, the way components of a system work together and how data in a system is used.

Unit 3: IT Systems Security and Encryption (Mandatory)

You will study IT system security threats and the methods to protect against them. You undertake activities to protect IT systems from security threats, including data encryption.

Unit 4: Website Development (Specialist)

In this unit you will investigate website development principles and design and develop a website using scripting languages (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).

Entry requirements

To study the Specialist Qualification in Computing you need to achieve four GCSEs at Grade A*-C or above including English or Mathematics along with an interest in Computer Science and programming.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to Higher Education on an HND or Degree in Computer Studies or in any of the following careers: Software Developer, Games Designer, Website Developer, Technician, Network Manager, Computer Systems Analyst, Programmer and many more. This can also lead on to IT Apprenticeships.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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