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Level 3

Computer Science A-level


Computer Science is the study of problem solving and computational thinking. Our modern world is dominated by technology, but computer scientists are more than just hi-tech consumers, they are the people who make it happen and shape our future. Students will learn practical programming skills, the mathematics behind how computers actually work and the theory that binds it all together. Students will be encouraged to think logically and to seek creative solutions to real world problems. Topics studied include: • Fundamentals of programming. • Fundamentals of data structures. • Fundamentals of algorithms. • Theory of computation. • Fundamentals of data representation. • Fundamentals of computer systems. • 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. • Systematic approach to problem solving. • Non-exam assessment -; the computing practical project Lessons include a mixture of practical programming and underlying theory with a technical or mathematical bias. No prior coding experience is assumed, but students who have not previously studied Computer Science will be expected to initially attend subject support. In lab sessions students’; progress is largely self-paced, with challenging extension work for those who benefit from it. Theory lessons utilise a variety of teaching methods, including whole class, group and pair work, and a range of traditional written material, interactive models and multimedia resources.


You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 6 in Mathematics and grade 4 in English Language.


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