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Computer Science A-Level

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What is Computer Science A-Level?

Computing is fundamental to almost all areas of modern life. Recent studies in the US predict out of all Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) jobs forecast for the next two years (to 2022) 74% of them will be in Computer Science. The Videogames industry is now bigger than the Movie and Music industry combined.

Our Computer Science A-Level course is designed to offer you a solid foundation across this subject. It will help you develop the knowledge and skills required to meet the demands of the many careers available to you, such as a Programmer, Systems Analyst and Games Designer. If you enjoy problem-solving and meeting challenges, creating programs from scratch (including games), then Computer Science is the right course for you.

What Will I Study?

Computer Science Reading List >

One of the most enjoyable parts of the course for students is the year-long project which will run across both years of your course. This is a program you create from scratch and can be anything from a Unity Game, VR system, App Development, Robotics or any other technical topic you might have an interest in.

You will learn the C# Programming Language from scratch and we will also teach you games design within a games engine called MonoGame.

You will also study the theory of Computer Science – a selection of topics are shown below:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • The Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • The Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data
    Fundamentals of functional programming

What Next?

Many of our learners go on to study Computer Science, Software Engineering or Games Development at higher education. Additionally, others may choose degree apprenticeship routes or go into employment in the technology industry.

Exam Board:

AQA

Entry Requirements:

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in Maths (we strongly advise students to also study Maths or Core Maths).

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

Course Type

A-Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Maths, Physics, Statistics, Accounting and Further Maths or you can even combine it with BTEC ICT.

 

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