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Computer Science A Level at WQE

Course description

Computer Science at A Level is an academic subject. It is not about mastering the latest system available in the IT or games market. It requires a systematic and logical approach to problem-solving. The ability to reason logically and to be able to see rules and patterns and how they fit together is a very important attribute for the subject.
 
You will study the following:
 
Computer Systems: This will cover the characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices, software and software development, exchanging data, Data types, data structures and algorithms, legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues. You will develop an in depth understanding of IT technologies and practices. These will include hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.
 
Algorithms and Programming: This will cover computational thinking, programming and problem solving, pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition, algorithm design and efficiency, and standard algorithms.
 
Practical Project: You will produce a major piece of coursework as a solution to a real-life problem of your own choice. The project will be user driven so you will need to have a real user. You will analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution, consider maintenance issues and give a thorough evaluation.

Course content

Computer Science at A Level is an academic subject. It is not about mastering the latest system available in the IT or games market. It requires a systematic and logical approach to problem-solving. The ability to reason logically and to be able to see rules and patterns and how they fit together is a very important attribute for the subject.
 
You will study the following:
 
Computer Systems: This will cover the characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices, software and software development, exchanging data, Data types, data structures and algorithms, legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues. You will develop an in depth understanding of IT technologies and practices. These will include hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.
 
Algorithms and Programming: This will cover computational thinking, programming and problem solving, pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition, algorithm design and efficiency, and standard algorithms.
 
Practical Project: You will produce a major piece of coursework as a solution to a real-life problem of your own choice. The project will be user driven so you will need to have a real user. You will analyse the problem, design a solution, implement the solution, consider maintenance issues and give a thorough evaluation.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements, this course usually requires students to have achieved grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language.

Assessment

This is a linear A-level, this means you will sit two written examinations in May of year 2. They are both equally weighted at 40% each. During year 2 you will complete a programming project which is internally assessed (coursework) and makes up the remaining 20% of the A-level.

Future opportunities

Most students will continue onto a course in higher education such as Computer Science, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering etc. or will follow a combined degree course with other subjects such a Maths, Economics or Financial Management. Students also have a wide choice of careers they could follow e.g. banking, finance, electronics and computing.

Further information

For further information please visit our website www.wqe.ac.uk or see our prospectus

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: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Web url: www.wqe.ac.uk

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