Computer Science

A Level

Computer Science

A Level

The Computer Science course will challenge, drive and excite those students interested in programming and developing computer systems or looking at how digital information systems work and communicate. Computer Science will provide students with the fundamentals of computing and has a strong, practical programming element. Students will have the opportunity to study different programming languages ranging from Python to PHP. They will learn about the theoretical side of computational thinking and look at how advanced computer programs and algorithms can be used to solve different problems.

If you have an interest in developing your programming and logical thinking skills and like to code, then this is the course for you. Students should already have an interest in all things to do with computers and should have studied a computing-related course at GCSE. Whilst not essential, this course is well suited to students also studying Mathematics and Physics. 

College students in the Computer Science department have the opportunity to participate in the National Student Robotics Competition and other STEAM related opportunities.

 

Course Outlines

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Assessment

Paper 1 (on screen exam) = 40%

Paper 2 (written exam) = 40%

Personal Project (non-exam) = 20%

Course Units

Fundamentals of programming and data structures

Systematic approach to problem solving

Theory of computation

Fundamentals of data representation, computer systems, computer organisation and architecture

Consequences of uses of computing

Fundamentals of communication and networking, algorithms, functional programming and databases

Big Data

Computing practical project (personal non examined assessment)

Course Units

Texts in Shared Contexts:
(Option 2B: Modern times:  F.Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby
Pre-1900 Poetry
Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’Love through the Ages:

F.Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby

Pre-1900 Poetry
William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’

 

Texts in Shared Contexts:
(Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day):
Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Feminine Gospels’
Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Non-Examined Assessment:
A focus on Gothic literature across a variety of texts including:

  • Samuel Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’
  • Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper and other short stories’
  • Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber and other short stories’
    Future Opportunities

    Students who have successfully completed this course can go on to study Computer Science at university. Students can also pursue aspirational careers in fields such as web development, software engineering, electrical engineering and artificial intelligence. Computer Science is also well suited to those who wish to undertake an apprenticeship. Many digital and technology companies in West Yorkshire are keen to employ young people who are able to code and have a theoretical knowledge of how computers work.

    We recommend students research their potential future career paths or university courses in order to identify specific subjects they are required to study at A Level in order to access that programme of study or field.

    Further Information

    If you have an interest in developing your programming and logical thinking skills and like to code, then this is the course for you. Students should already have an interest in all things to do with computers and should have studied a computing-related course at GCSE.

    Whilst not essential, this course is well suited to students also studying mathematics and physics.

    Sixth Form students in the Computer Science department have the opportunity to participate in the national Student Robotics Competition and other STEM related opportunities.

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