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Computer Science (A Level) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

Students who are interested in computers and problem solving will thrive on this highly engaging and rewarding course.

The study of computer science is about how computers have the potential to change how we view the world. On this course you will have the opportunity to think computationally and apply skills in programming complex systems. Computer Science is a practical subject that combines invention with creativity to understand the power and limits of both human and machine intelligence.

 

Course content

Unit 1 -  focuses on all the elements of how computers function. Students will learn about the intricacies of object-oriented programming, computer architecture, artificial intelligence, networking, forensic encryption and the latest in web technologies.

Unit 2 -  focuses on algorithms and programming. Push your problem solving skills to the limits and apply your understanding from Unit 1 to solve complex computational problems using a range of abstract thinking methods.

Unit 3 -  is where creativity flourishes in the programming project. Apply the principles of computational thinking to develop solutions to a practical coding problem. Learn how to develop using agile methods and produce professional grade software built for the real world to defacto industry standards.

Entry requirements

Grade B/6 or equivalent in Computing or Mathematics

Assessment

Students complete three units, two are external exams with the final unit being an internally assessed project.

Unit 1 - Computer Systems Written external exam

Unit 2 - Algorithms and Programming Written external exam Unit 3 Programming Project Internally Assessed

Future opportunities

Further education as well as a career in Computer Science in all aspects including software engineering, robotics, network administration, game design and more. Students who study Computer Science can use their computational thinking to enhance a career in Business, Engineering, Medicine or any type of science, IT and Computing related career path.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2017

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