Computer Science AS/A2 Level at Alderbrook School
In essence computing is about understanding in detail how computer systems actually work. Computers pervade every aspect of modern life. The microprocessor which lies at the heart of every computing system is found absolutely everywhere, from the PC on your desk to laptops, PDAs, mobile phones, cars and microwave ovens. Modern society simply could not function without computers, but few people really understand how it all works. Computing at A Level will give you a deep insight and understanding into how it all fits together, from the microprocessor which you will study in some detail to memory, storage, operating systems and network architectures. At the end of the course you will have an excellent understanding of how it all works.
In the first year you will cover a lot of the theory about how a computer works. You will go on to be taught at least one programming language but if you have programmed before, you'll have a head start, you can move on and learn other languages. In the second year you will be asked to complete a project. The project is a substantial piece of work in which you plan, develop and test a computer system. Ideally you should produce a system to meet the needs of a real person (perhaps a parent, a relative who works in a local business, someone who helps run a club or society with which you're involved etc.). You can use a software package or any programming language to produce your project (or a combination of the two).
In the second year, the theory work builds on what you learnt in the first year. You will study topics such as operating systems, computer architecture, data representation, databases and networking in more detail. You will also learn more about systems development, implementation and management.
Minimum grade B in Computer Science/Computing if studied at GCSE. We would also expect a grade B in GCSE Maths and any other science related subject.
University degrees that require or often prefer Computer Science include:
Computer science, computing, ICT, engineering, sciences, mathematics and economics.
Former students of Computer Science are now working in the games industry, in research and in the city as quantitative analysts. Opportunities after university for computer scientists and computer programmers are as great as is the penetration of computing technology into modern 21st century society.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alderbrook School directly.