A Level Computer Science
80% exam and 20% coursework
About the Course
Right now we are living in a new Digital Age where computer technology pervades almost every aspect of our lives.
This modern computing qualification has an emphasis on computational thinking, a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. The Computer Science A-Level will give you a thorough grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming and problem-solving.
As a budding computer scientist you will learn to theorise, design, develop and apply software and hardware to improve the way we live. You will need a good grasp of Maths and be willing to learn the language of code. Once you crack it though you will be able to deconstruct it and build up your own vocabulary. Computer Science is not to be confused with ICT.
Computer science is most useful if combined with A-Levels in Maths, Physics and Further Maths.
Where could A-Level Computer Science take you?
You can go on to study a wide variety of degree courses at university in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Games Programming. There are also an increased number of Higher Apprenticeships available to students after college in specialist areas.
Computer Science also offers students the opportunity to explore other pathways: music production; digital art; architecture – computer aided design and modelling; smart fabric design for fashion, healthcare and other industries; communication networks; sports analysis; crime investigation; weather and financial forecasting; 3D printing; virtual reality; audio-visual special effects; and robotics, to name but a few.