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Computer Science A Level at Franklin College

Course description

Do you like maths and science? Do you like to solve problems and run experiments? Do you want to improve your logic and reasoning skills? Are you interested in writing your own programs? If you answered 'yes' to any of the above - computer science could be for you. Anybody with a flair for numbers and problem solving will be suited to this course. In computing the main emphasis will be on programming and developing problem solving techniques. You will study straightforward and mindboggling programs and learn a programming language (VB.Net). As well as VB.Net you will study some electronics, computer architecture and hardware, communication methods and maths for computer science where you will see how pictures are painted from numbers, and discover how MP3s are created. Year 2 In your second year you will continue to develop your programming skills in VB.Net and showcase them by undertaking a computing project on a topic of your choice. Students in the past have produced teaching games, staff clocking on systems for finance companies, online training packages, snooker league tables and systems for newsagents to auto assign newspaper rounds to paperboys/girls. The choices are endless. Year two also includes advanced topics such as database design, networking, software engineering, operating systems, object orientated programming, functional programming, big data and server-side scripting.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades A*-C or equivalent to include English Language and a grade B in GCSE Maths.

Assessment

80% Examination (written & practical) 20% Coursework

Future opportunities

Computing is an excellent foundation for careers in software/hardware development and ICT support. The normal progression route would be onto a computing course in Higher Education which could lead to jobs in areas such as computer programming, internet computing or network engineering. Alternative routes to HE include those of apprenticeships and computer science related careers. Computer science would also help students to progress onto careers in the fields of mathematics, science or engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Franklin College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016

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