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Computer Science - A Level at The Forest Academy

Course description

You should choose “Computer Science” if you wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial. “Computer Science” is not to be confused with “Information and Communication Technology (ICT)” or BTEC IT courses. In addition to studying the use of computer software application of IT courses, you must also ‘lift the lid’ on a computer, and develop a technical understanding of how computer components work. Practical aspects of the course include programming and problem solving by working as a ‘Systems Analyst’. Therefore, the course is not just about learning to use IT tools and developing your practical skills, but “computational thinking” and the abstract mathematics of how a computer works. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines and is an important life skill.

Future opportunities

If students wish to study a Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Business IT Systems degrees, this course will give them a great advantage, especially in their first year of studies, a time when programming is often introduced. A Level Computer Science is a much respected qualification among employers, as many jobs require an understanding of computer systems; which is an ever-expanding area of the employment market. Global companies such as Microsoft and Google are actively sponsoring and recruiting Computer Science graduates as the future development of IT technologies and software requires new, well trained and creative, motivated, problem solvers and programmers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Forest Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2017
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  • Start date: Next September