Course Details

Throughout this 2 year course you will develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles of computing in addition to becoming able to analyse problems through practical experience including writing programs. You will also learn mathematical skills related to algebra, algorithms, and number bases and develop the ability to evaluate the individual, social, legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language and a B/6 in Maths. It is recommended that you have GCSE Computer Science or experience using High Level programming languages (e.g. Python. C#). You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project prior to enrolment.

Career options

There are many options for further learning, employment or an apprenticeship. Careers you may wish to explore include Software Development, Systems Analysis, Network Engineering or Website Designer. You will aldevelop useful skills in thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically.

A Level Computer Science

Five highlights

  • 1 Excellent support from subject lecturers
  • 2 Experienced staff who have worked in the industry
  • 3 The opportunity to study at an Ofsted Outstanding College
  • 4 Encouraged to maximise potential
  • 5 Work Readiness skills embedded into the course

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • AQA A Level in Computer Science

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Course code Location Course length Start date
CIT635CD1A Chichester Campus 1 Year 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

We live in the Digital Age. Computer scientists design, develop, and apply software we use every day and and A Level in Computer Science will equip you with the knowledge you need to build successful digital knowledge. You will study a range of units designed to develop your ability to design, write and test programs as well as theoretical concepts that include Big Data, Networks, computer architecture and the uses of computing. In the second year of study you will undertake a practical project.

How will I be taught?

Learning on the course will be varied. Based in computer suites with weekly assessments, classes will include both practical and analytical styles of teaching. In-class programing exercises will develop the skills required for the Practical project. In addition to the 4.5 hours a week of teaching you are expected to do a minimum of 5.5 hours extra independent work to consolidate your learning.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of year 2 there will be 2 written exams, each lasting 2.5 hours & worth 40% of the final grade. Paper 1 includes writing, adapting &/or extending programs in an electronic document that will be provided by the exam board. The computing practical project is worth 20% . All year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway, which may include external exams, that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

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