Computer Science A Level at Pendleton Sixth Form College
"Everybody in the country should learn to program a computer. Because it teaches you how to think!" - Steve Job, founder and former CEO, Apple
The theory of computer science affects all our daily lives. In this increasingly technological age, a study of computer science is not only valuable but also essential to the future well-being of the country. You will be developing skills in programming, systems analysis and software development prototyping. You will study how computers communicate and solve problems and have the opportunity to develop a complex solution of your choice as a project in your second year of the course.
Computer science is closely linked to mathematics and physics. If you choose to study one or both of these A Levels they will complement the course and help underpin your understanding of the subject.
The content covered will include:
- Programming and system development: Data structures, logical operations, algorithms and programs, principles of programming, systems analysis, systems design, software engineering, program construction, computer science ethics and morals
- Computer architecture: Hardware and communication, data transmission, data representation and data types, organisation and structure of data, databases and distributed systems, operating systems, software systems and data security
- Programmed solution to a problem: Discussion, investigation, design, prototype, post-prototype refinement of design, software development, testing, evaluation
Lessons include a combination of lectures, individual study and practical work.
3 grade Bs/5s and 3 Cs/4s at GCSE
Because of a crossover in content, this course cannot be studied alongside A Leve computer coding.
Your grades will be determined through formal examinations. You wlll also be required to complete practical tasks throughout the two years.
Full time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are EU citizens
Progression from your A level computer science course can be on to BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree or any other IT and computing related degree course.
Potential career pathways include systems analyst, database administrator, IT project manager, IT support technician, web designer, network engineer, network manager, software engineering/developer, systems designer and computer forensics technician.
Former computer science students can go on to earn an average annual salary of £45,000
You will have a mentor who ensures that your training fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for the job