Computer Science A Level at Oasis Academy Shirley Park
Who should study this course?
The most important aspect of computer science is problem solving, an essential skill for life. Students study the design, development and analysis of software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of business, scientific and social contexts. Because computers solve problems to serve people, there is a significant human side to computer science as well. It would complement subjects including; Maths, Further Maths and Physics.
What does the course aim to do?
Computer science will outline the study of the theory, experimentation, and engineering that form the basis for the design and use of computers. It will show the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications. Through the systematic study of the feasibility, structure, expression, and algorithms that underlie the attainment, representation, processing, storage, communication of information. Throughout the two years on the course you will develop an understanding of the Python programming language.
In AS (first year) the topics are as followed: Fundamentals of programming, Fundamentals of data structures, Systematic approach to problem solving, Theory of computation, Fundamentals of data representation, Fundamentals of computer systems, Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture, Consequences of uses of computing, Fundamentals of communication and networking.
In A2 (second year) the topics are as followed: Fundamentals of algorithms, Fundamentals of databases, Big Data, Fundamentals of functional programming, Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project.
What Skills Will I Develop? IT - The ability to conceive, design and write correct working computer programs using pseudocode and Python. Mathematical - To construct and manipulate mathematical models, use model-checking and modelling packages. Analytical and Research - The ability to research, acquire, use and critically evaluate complex data. Problem solving - The ability to solve problems by using mathematical and I.T. knowledge and Creativity - Able to show creativity and innovation in solving unfamiliar problems.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Shirley Park directly.