Computer Science is distinct from ICT and is a much more scientific and technical subject. Computer Science is about designing new sets of instructions (algorithms) to solve new problems. In general, it is suitable for students who have an interest in programming and how computers work, or who may be considering studying a related degree at university.
The course has an emphasis on computational thinking: a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines and is an important life skill. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to then make this computation possible. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world; already we have artificial intelligence diagnosing patients with IBMs Watson, as well as self-driving cars, we can only guess what the future will bring.You will gain skills in:
- Abstract thinking;
- General problem-solving;
- Mathematical reasoning;
- Scientific based thinking;
- Engineering based thinking.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.
Subject Specific Requirements
Students need to have achieved a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and Physics (or science equivalent). Please note that previous study of Computer Science at GCSE is not required
What will I do?
This course is best suited to those who love logic problems and working through complex algorithms. It is also the ideal course for anyone wanting to work with Data sets. Throughout the course, students will study the following:
Computer systems: The internal workings of the (CPU), data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues;
Algorithms and programming: Using computational thinking to solve problems;
Programming project: Students will be expected to analyse a problem. They will then design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program.
What careers would this be suitable for?
After studying A Level Computer Science, students may go on to apprenticeships and study in a wide range of subjects including Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Sciences, Medicine, Law, Business, Psychology or Politics.
This course is ideal if you love programming and want to work in careers including Computer Science, Software Engineering, Games Development or Medical Science.