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Computer Science AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

Computer Science is a subject that will appeal to students who are interested in a future working with computers or in related areas such as Electronics and Engineering. It is a very ‘hands on’ subject that focuses heavily on computer programming, as well as the theoretical understanding of how computers work.

Course content

Over half of the course is practical computer programming work. The programming language studied is Java. The course also looks at methods of problem-solving and the theory of how computers and telecommunications systems work. Students will gain valuable programming and analytical problem solving skills by taking Computer Science.

Entry requirements

Students will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.  A grade B or above in either GCSE Mathematics, Computing, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics is essential. The strong preference is for GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above.

This course will suit students who are:

  • interested in Computers, Design, Engineering, Technology and Electronics
  • good at problem-solving and using logic
  • original, creative, organised, and analytical thinkers

This is a problem-solving subject that requires students to think in a clear and logical way. Most students combine this course with either Mathematics or a Science subject. Students not taking either of these, might consider BTEC Level 3 IT as an alternative.

Assessment

For AS Level, there are two exams (both worth 50%). For A Level there are two theory exams (both worth 40%) and one piece of coursework (20%). The coursework topic is selected by the student with guidance from the teacher.

The exam board for this A Level is AQA

Future opportunities

Computer Science is highly regarded by top universities and is an excellent foundation for a Computing university courses such as:

·         Computer Science

·         Software Engineering

·         Ethical Hacking

·         Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

·         Intelligent Systems

·         Engineering

·         Computer Game Development

·         Creative Computing (With Gaming/Animation)

·         Networking and Security

·         Computer Forensics

·         Interactive Media

·         Web Technologies

·         Mobile Computing

An alternate progression route is an Apprenticeship. There are a wide variety of Apprenticeships relevant to this course, such as

·         IT Support Engineer

·         IT Consultant

·         Developer

·         Tester

·         Service Desk Engineer

·         IT Web Developer

·         IT Application Specialist

·         Networking Apprentice

·         Cisco Apprenticeship Programme

Further information

Computer Science AS/A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • Representatives from City University London delivering a Computing Masterclass to students

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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