A-Levels - A Level Computer Science at Wakefield College
It is important to realise that there is a clear distinction between ICT and Computer Science/Computing.
This course has an emphasis on abstract thinking, problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, and requires similar thought processes to science and engineering subjects.
It is about designing new sequences of instructions (algorithms) to solve problems and is a good foundation for advanced logical reasoning.
Many computing students choose to study this subject alongside Maths and Physics and this is a combination favoured by universities.
You will study the following topic areas over the two-year course:
Fundamentals of programming
Fundamentals of data structures
Fundamentals of algorithms
Theory of computation
Fundamentals of data representation
Fundamentals of computer systems
Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
Consequences of uses of computing
Fundamentals of communication and networking
Fundamentals of databases
Fundamentals of functional programming
Systematic approach to problem solving
Non-exam assessment - the computing practical project
5 GCSEs at A* to C (or new grade 9-4), including English, and a grade B (or new grade 6) in Maths.
It is recommended you study A Level Maths.
The most popular and successful combination is to study Computer Science with maths and physics.
This course assessment is made up as follows
An on-screen exam (2.5 hours) makes up 40% of the A Level. This paper tests your ability to program, as well as your theoretical knowledge of Computer Science from subject content 1-4 above. You will answer a series of short questions and write/adapt/extend programs in an Electronic Answer Document.
A written exam (2.5 hours) makes up another 40% of the A Level. This tests topic knowledge and understanding for topics 7 – 12 above. It is made up of compulsory short-answer and extended-answer questions.
20% coursework. This non-exam assessment assesses your ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical problem.
Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.
Different fees apply to international students.
For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.
Once you have passed this course, along with your other A Levels, it is most likely that you will progress to university to study an appropriate degree. We provide extensive support in helping you choose your university and course as well as with the UCAS application process. For those wishing to progress to a higher apprenticeship or employment we have a strong careers support team to guide you too.
On completion of the course, most students will progress to a university Degree course.
Depending on the combination of A Level subjects you choose, you may go on to a career in Engineering, Computing, Games programming, Software engineering, Business or Science.
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How to apply
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