Computer Science has computational thinking at its core; thinking that provides solutions to problems, designs systems and recognises the nature of human and machine intelligence.
It is a creative subject that involves the innovative thinking and development of ideas through coding. It can be studied alongside other Level 3 courses, including IT.
You will learn to become a strong programmer using different programming paradigms. As part of this you will explore many of the standard algorithms used in searching, sorting and pathfinding and will be able to select the most appropriate to use, based on its efficiency and suitability for the problem at hand. A diverse range of theoretical topics are covered, including how computers use logic, number systems, networks, databases and more.
The A Level qualification consists of two examined units and one coursework unit.
During the first year you will:
Practical lessons will use the Raspberry Pi.
The second year includes:
The coursework project involves using your skills to develop a solution to a problem of your own choice. Most students produce a game or a simulation.
An optional trip to EGX, the UK's biggest games event, provides opportunities to play new games, hear from leading developers and get careers advice from the games industry.
There are visits to university Computer Science departments during the course; recently we have been to Oxford and Birmingham.
Past trips have included the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and the Science Museum in London.
Russell Group universities list Computer Science as a useful A Level for many degree courses including biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, geology, mathematics, materials science, medicine, physics, psychology, and sociology.
Students have gone on to study the subject at a range of institutions including prestigious universities such as Bristol, Oxford, Reading and York.
Computer Scientists are in demand and find work in many industry sectors.
The content has a brilliant balance between theory and practical work; from coding to all the theory and legislation behind it.