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Computer Science A Level at Wye School

Course description

Computer scientists are vital to the digital age we all now live in; from the apps we use to do our shopping to the technology taking humans into space, computers underpin everything we do. A scientific understanding of how computers work and how to create software using written programming languages is key to this and they are at the core of Computer Science A-Level.

Alongside this, Computer Science also teaches you how to solve complex, challenging problems - a vital skill whatever direction your career path leads you on.

A wide variety of degrees and jobs are open to those who study Computer Science. Whether you're looking at making a positive difference in the world by going into medical research or are looking to create the next hit computer game, jobs related to Computer Science are both amongst the most lucrative and are definitely here to stay.

Course content

The course is divided into two examined units and one piece of controlled assessment:

Unit 1: Computing Principles - Covers the theory underlying Computer Science including components of a computer and their uses, types of software and the methodologies used to develop them, how data is exchanged between systems, how data is represented and stored, and the legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues surrounding computer use.

Unit 2: Algorithms and Programs - Covers the theory behind writing computer programs including computational thinking, problem solving, practical programming skills and algorithms.

Unit 3: Programming project - You are given the opportunity to create a piece of software for a user of your own choosing. Commonly these are apps or games which you develop in consultation with your user, mimicking the real world software development process (analysing the problem, designing the program, creating the program and evaluating what you have made).

Entry requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: a minimum of 5 A*-C / 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include Mathematics and either English Language or English Literature.

Grade 6 in GCSE Computer Science. Those who did not have the opportunity to study Computer Science at GCSE will be considered if they have an A grade / Grade 7 in Maths and/or a clear interest in the subject (particularly those who already have programming experience).

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 January 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years