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A Level Computer Science at King Edward VI College, Nuneaton

Course description

Computer Science will give students an in-depth understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer science. There is a strong focus on programming, problem solving and computational thinking, as well as a broad grounding in the technology of computer systems. The main areas of study will be: -Computational thinking and problem solving through logic, analysis, critical reflection and creativity -Learning and applying programming methods to create working programs in the Python programming language -Understanding the design and functioning of computer hardware and software systems -Data representation, database development, and data structures -Mathematics including binary number systems -Economic, ethical and cultural issues relating to computer science

Entry requirements

There are no specialist courses which you must have studied in order to do computer science at A level. We expect a good standard of English and Maths: our entrance requirements are a C or above in both of these subjects. GCSE Information Technology and Computer Science both provide a good background for this course. We do not require you to have studied these subjects.If you have these qualifications we will look for a grade C or above.

Assessment

Study is divided between three modules: Programming theory (exam based) 40%, Computer architecture and applications (exam based), 40% Programming project (coursework) 20%. Assessment will take place at the end of two years of study.

Future opportunities

This subject provides a good foundation for Computer Science and other technology-focused courses atdegree level. It also provides a good supporting subject for students who are expecting to go on to specialise in science, maths and business-oriented subjects. Computer Science is an important component of many career paths, as a sound understanding of computer technology is a significant aspect of many modern professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI College, Nuneaton directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2015
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