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Computer Science A Level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

The emphasis of the course is on programming. For students selecting just the one year AS course there are programming and theory units only and an hour and a half exam for each at the end of the year.

The A2 course is taught as two units over two years with a programming project in year 13. The first unit is an on-screen programming exam and the second unit is a written theory exam. Both of these exams are two and a half hours.

Course content

For the coursework unit, candidates are required to use their programming skills to create a computer system for a real end-user and document this process in the project report.

Who does the course suit?

·         Those who enjoy programming.

·         Those who show initiative, creativity and imagination to solve problems.

·         Those with good time-management skills who work methodically

All lessons are taught in computer rooms with the following facilities:

·         Windows local area network and workstations

·         Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft Office

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade B in Maths, Grade B in Computer Science (if studied at GCSE)

Future opportunities

Any university degree course, especially those in:

·         Computer Science

·         Electrical, Electronic or Mechanical Engineering

·         Information Technology

·         Computer Forensics


Careers in specialist areas such as:

·         Programming

·         Software Engineering

·         Systems Analysis

·         Networking and Communications

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2015
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