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Level 3

Computer Science A-level

COURSE OVERVIEW

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.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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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How to apply

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HOW THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORKS

Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2

Apply

Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.

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