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Computer Science A Level at Bexhill College

Course description

There are more job opportunities in this industry each year than there are graduates available, by ratio of 3 to 1 with the upper range of earnings exceeding most other fields of study. Ignoring those facts, Computer Science is simply a fascinating study into the technological world of today and that of the future.                                    

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Computer Science is about the devices and systems that enable our digital age to exist. It is not a study of the software used every day in offices and homes around the world but more about how these systems actually work, how they do what they do, their limitations, their strengths and the astounding way we humans have adapted basic logical thinking to create such amazing tools.
Over the whole two years you will:
• Learn to program using a high level (3GL) language
• Appreciate the role of binary in storing numerical and non-numerical data
• Understand the use of logic gates and Boolean Algebra
• Grasp how software and hardware work together to form the systems of today
• Visualise how the processor works by studying the Fetch-Execute Cycle
• Know how data can be stored, sorted and searched through
• Study the role of operating systems, explore networking and the way the internet works
• Become aware of the client-side and server-side languages of the web
• Understand how 4GL languages are used to manipulate data or diagnose illnesses
• Produce a complete system from design to evaluation

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C, we also prefer that your Maths GCSE result is a minimum of a B/6.

Assessment

Year 1: Two exams (50% of the course at that point).
Year 2: Two papers (40% of the overall grade for each paper).
You will also submit a programmed solution to a problem of your choosing using language of your choice, accounting for 20% of the course.

Future opportunities

Explore Computer Science at university anywhere in the world. Specialise in Computer Engineering (programming), Game Design and Artificial Intelligence (AI) or explore the Cognitive Sciences, Data Handling, Aerospace Technology, Business Systems and much more.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2018
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