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Computer Science

 

Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are.”

This specification has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computer Science would be beneficial. The course is not about learning to use tools or training in a programming language instead the emphasis is on computational thinking, a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines.

It is a practical, creative  subject that combines invention and excitement. It values computational thinking helping learners to develop skills to problem solve, design systems and understand the power and limitations of human and machine intelligence.

Learners will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions.

“At its heart lies the notion of computational thinking: a mode of thought that goes well beyond software and hardware, and that provides a framework within which to reason about systems and problems.” (CAS-Computer Science a Curriculum for Schools)

Inspire all students to develop technical understanding and the ability to analyse and solve problems using computational thinking. Studying A level provides the opportunity to transfer academic principals of computer science into creating real world systems through the production of an independent programming project designed to solve a real problem for real individuals. This culminates in preparing students to study at the next level in such a diverse field and to become a true contender in this growing industry.

Entry Requirement

A minimum of grade 4 in Maths and English Lang plus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 5

Subject Specific Requirements
Grade 5 in Computer Science or merit in BTEC LEVEL 2 ICT (if have programming experience). Grade 5 in Maths
A Merit in a Vocational ICT qualification. Will be considered

Future Applications

One can study Computer Science and go on to a career in: medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.
Alternatively, there are many career paths within the discipline Including: 3D animator, games developer, graphic designer, network administrator, programmer, software developer, system analyst, hardware developer, database administrator and web designer.

Alumni

After gaining A level grade A, Tom received a First Class BSc degree in Computer Science With A Year In Industry from University of East Anglia in 2012. He is a now a PhD student in the School of Informatics and a member of CSTR (The Centre for Speech Technology Research).