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Computer Science at Aston Academy

Course description

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. There is a focus on computer programming, building on GCSE Computing and emphasis on the importance of computational thinking as a discipline. The subject has an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course. The course puts computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.

Course content

Year One Topics: Contemporary Processors Input, Output and Storage devices Software and software development Data Types Legal, Cultural, Moral and Ethical Issues Year Two Topics: Elements of Computational Thinking Programming and problem solving Algorithms Programming Project

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C/5 or above, including English Language and Mathematics. A grade 7 or above in Mathematics and an A or A* in a Computer Science/ICT GCSE course is strongly recommended. An interest in problem solving and programming is also beneficial.

Assessment

80% Examination 20% Programming Project

Future opportunities

Where can the subject lead? Computer Science is useful for a range of degree level subjects including: Medicine, Maths, Statistics, Law, Computing, Business, Politics, Animation and many more Students who take Computer Science progress to a broad range of careers including: Software Engineering, Systems Analyst, Games Developer, Network Engineer, IT Consultant, Statistical Analyst, Artificial Intelligence Design and many more Students who have studied this A-Level Computer Science are now working for: Apple, Google, Spotify, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Ford, Barclays and many more ‘blue chip’ companies

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: 07 November 2017
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