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Computer Science A Level at Arnold Hill Academy

Course description

Why study this course?

Computer Science builds on the work started at GCSE level, looking more in depth at how computers work, computational thinking and further developing a student’s programming skills.

What support and enrichment will I get?

Computing students are encouraged to organise and run the after school programming club, helping the younger students learn how to write computer programs. Students have other opportunities to help within the ICT department, and regularly support other extra-curricular events including working with primary school students and to represent computing at open evenings

Course content

The A Level qualification is split into three components.

  • Component 1 - Computer Systems (40% Exam)
  • Component 2 - Algorithms and Programming (40% Exam)
  • Component 3 - Programming Project (20%)

Entry requirements

Students must have either a grade C in GCSE Computing at Key Stage 4 or have significant experience with programming. It is also recommended that students have achieved a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Computing teaches students skills beyond the basic ICT principles. They become advanced, independent users of computers and learn to produce programs. This provides them with opportunities in computing, web design, game production and other related fields. There are a range of University courses based around computing which students have previously gone on to study including Computer Science, Computer Games Design, ICT and Computing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arnold Hill Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years