5 A*-C GCSEs, including a B in Maths.
What will I study?
You will develop a broad understanding of the key principles of computer systems, including data, hardware, software and communications. You will learn to use high and low-level programming and web development languages, how to analyse and design solutions to real-world challenges, about the implementation of programming solutions and how data is stored and represented by a computer. You will focus on problem solving, programming and data representation, as well as computer components and the internet.
Units will include problem solving, programming, data representation and practical exercise, computer components, the stored program concept and the internet, problem solving, programming, operating systems, databases and networking and the computing practical project.
Why study Computer Science?
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.
This course is ideal for any student who enjoys puzzles and problem solving and is considering a career where expertise with computers and networks is important.
Where will this course lead me?
Computing is a valuable subject for students planning to continue on to university and study subjects including computer science, computer game development, software engineering, information systems, robotics, music technology and networking and electronics at degree level.