A Level Computer Science
Information and Communication Technology
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What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Computers feature in all our lives; in science, technology, manufacturing, research, medicine; computing influences and affects everything we do.
In the modern world, being online is an essential part of living. The power of the Internet means you can shop online, see right around the globe, visit virtual worlds, play games, watch films, blog with friends and relatives anywhere, any time.
Component 01: Computer Systems, including the characteristics of processors, software, networking and data transmission and the legal issues surrounding computers
Component 02: Algorithms and Programming, including computational thinking and problem solving.
Non-examinable assessment: The computing practical project is of individual choice; designed, coded and tested.
How will it be delivered?
Paper 1 – Computer Systems - written examination - 2 1/2 hours - 40% of the marks
Paper 2 – Algorithms and Programming - written examination - 2 1/2 hours - 40% of the marks
NEA – Programming Project - practical project - 20% of the marks
Sixth Form entry requirements, including BTEC Computer Science at grade 6 and GCSE Mathematics at grade 6. Please note BTEC and ICT qualifications are not accepted.
Your next steps...
Computer Science links strongly with many subjects, providing both the skills from modelling and computational thinking that may be needed in Business, Mathematics, Geography and the Sciences.
In the UK there is a severe shortage of programmers, network engineers, database administrators and cyber security experts, all of which form the basis of our study in Computer Science. Being able to program is a marketable and lucrative asset.
Programming languages learnt:
Java programming language—high level programming, OOP development
HTML—web page structure and creation
CSS—design and appearance of websites
Assembly Language—low level programming