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Computer Science AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

Computer Science allows students to look at the natural world through a digital prism. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention with computational thinking allowing you to design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

A qualification in Computer Science is becoming increasingly important in higher education and in an ever changing world.

Course content

AS Level

  • UNIT 1: COMPUTING PRINCIPLES: This unit will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following: operating systems, introduction to programming, data types, structures and algorithms, exchanging data and web technologies, using Boolean algebra and legal and ethical issues.
  • UNIT 2: ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING: There will be a short scenario / task contained in the paper, which could be an algorithm or a text page-based task. Other areas covered by the unit will include the following: elements of computational thinking, programming techniques, software development methodologies, algorithms and standard algorithms.

A Level

  • UNIT 3: COMPUTER SYSTEMS: This unit will cover the characteristics of contemporary systems architecture and other areas including the following: software and its development, types of programming languages, data types, representation and structures, exchanging data and web technologies, following algorithms, using Boolean algebra and legal, moral and ethical issues.
  • UNIT 4: ALGORITHMS AND PROGRAMMING: This unit will cover a range of topics including: elements of computational thinking, programming and problem solving, pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition, algorithm design and efficiency and standard algorithms.
  • UNIT 5: PROGRAMMING PROJECT: This project driven unit involves students working on a problem of an appropriate size and complexity. Students will need to: analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution and prepare a detailed evaluation.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in Maths and C in English. GCSE in Computer Science is not essential.

Assessment

AS Level: 2 Exams.

A- Level: 1 Coursework/ 2 Exams.

Future opportunities

Computer Science is highly regarded by universities and helps gain entry to many degree courses including those related to science, mathematics, engineering and of course Computer Science itself.

Computer Science graduates work/research in a range of industries from aerospace to telecommunications and from artificial intelligence to mining.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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