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Computer Science A Level at Bishop Laney Sixth Form

Course description

Computer Science will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. It will focus on programming and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.

The course will help you develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence. You will also have the opportunity to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.

Course content

Component 01: Computer systems

Students are introduced to the internal workings of the (CPU), data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. The resulting knowledge and understanding will underpin their work in component 03.

 

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software
  • Data exchange between different systems
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.
  • problems
  • Algorithms and how they can be used to describe and solve problems.

    Component 01: Computer systems

    Students are introduced to the internal workings of the (CPU), data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. The resulting knowledge and understanding will underpin their work in component 03.

     

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software
  • Data exchange between different systems
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues.
  • problems
  • Algorithms and how they can be used to describe and solve problems.

Component 02: Algorithms and programming

This builds on component 01 to include computational thinking and problem-solving.

 

  • What is meant by computational thinking (thinking abstractly, thinking ahead, thinking procedurally etc.)
  • Problem solving and programming – how computers and programs can be used to solve

 

Component 03: Programming project

Students are expected to apply the principles of computational thinking to a practical coding programming project. They will analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in a suitable programming language. The project is designed to be independently chosen by the student and provides them with the flexibility to investigate projects within the diverse field of computer science. We support a wide and diverse range of languages.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE Grades 9 – 4 or equivalent to include English & Maths. Also required is Computer Science at Grade 6 or above, if currently studied.

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: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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