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Computer Science GCE AS/A Level at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Computers are used in virtually every aspect of modern life. This course is aimed at students who want to understand how computers work and want to gain skills in programming them.

Course content

On this course you will learn the fundamentals of programming using the popular VB.NET platform. You will also gain experience of Assembler programming which will give you an understanding of how a modern computer operates and develop your skills in logical problem solving.

You will explore how data is represented on a computer and how the hardware and software components interoperate to produce a program solution. You will also look at the computer network environment and how computers communicate with each other. 

Entry requirements

You will need an average points score of 5.75 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 6.

Assessment

On the AS Level Computer Science course there are two exams:

  • On-Screen exam (50%) - This 1 hour 30 minute exam will test your ability to programme as well as theoretical knowledge related to this subject.
  • Written theory exam (50%) - This 1 hour 30 minute exam will consist of short-answer and extended-answer questions.

On the A Level Computer Science course there will be three exams:

  • On-screen exam (40%) - This 2 hour 30 minute exam will test your ability to programme as well as theoretical knowledge related to this subject.
  • Written theory exam (40%) - This 2 hour 30 minute exam will consist of a series of short-answer and extended-answer questions.
  • Project (20%) - You will develop a programming project in VB.NET that will solve a computational problem.

Financial information

You will need a memory stick, portfolios, dividers and stationery £20. You will require two text books, costing £20 each (prices are for 2015).

Future opportunities

With computers used in virtually every aspect of modern life, it is not surprising that the course is an excellent choice for those who see their eventual careers in computing, often via a computing/IT course at university. However with such widespread use of computers the course can be valuable alongside other subjects and careers, particularly, though not exclusively, in science and engineering. Those who are put off computing careers because they think such careers only involve working with numbers and machines should realise that in many computing jobs what is vitally important is good communication with people.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on admissionsqueries@rutc.ac.uk or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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