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Computer Science at The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre

Course description

The two year linear A level course is intended to give you the scope to develop your interest in different aspects of Computing and IT, including the many areas, such as mobile communications, games, networking, online services and neural networking which are currently at the forefront of development.

It is particularly useful if you intend choosing a course at university with a strong computing component, but the emphasis on computational thinking would be welcome on many other courses, as it demonstrates high level academic skills.

 

 

Course content

The course in Computer Science is both theory based and practical and over the two years you will learn about computer systems i.e. hardware, software, types of programming language, data and web technologies as well as legal, moral and ethical issues.

Entry requirements

  • At least six A*- C grades at GCSE, including Grade B in Mathematics and a GCSE Computer Science or Information Technology qualification.

Assessment

You will be assessed by two terminal examinations, each worth 40% and also you will have the opportunity to undertake a coursework unit (worth 20%) in which you will design, analyse and solve a computing project.

Future opportunities

Students studying Computer Science often combine this with Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics. Computer Science at university is a popular degree choice and is also often combined with other subjects such as Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, Physics and Business.

Few modern careers do not involve a degree of IT capability, and there is still much scope for those with a higher level of skills to move forward quickly in a wide range of professions.

There are still huge opportunities in the many IT fields, including mobile technologies, games, project management, systems analysis and all the technical areas such as networking, databases and computer security.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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