Course overviewIf you're interested in learning about the fundamental principles and concepts behind computer science and software engineering, then this course is for you.
The course will provide an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principle and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation.
You will develop the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems and will write programs to do so.
The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically is essential to success on this course, as is the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science.
You will be encouraged to articulate the individual, moral, social and ethical risks of digital technolody as well as assessing the legal and cultural opportunities posed.
Mathematical skills you will develop:
- Boolean algebra
- Comparison of complexity of algorithms
- Number representations and bases
How will I learn?
The course includes a wide variety of learning experiences such as lectures, one to one tutorials, ICT based tasks, practical work, group work, discussions/debates, DVDs and personal research when preparing for assessment and lots of practical programming skills.
What else do I need to know?A Level Computer Science combines well with courses such as Business, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and our brand new A+ Certificate in Engineering (equivalent to one A Level). On successful completion of this course, you could progress to university on a wide range of degree courses and a future in programming, networking, cyber-security, software development or business related disciplines.
Find yourself reaching higher on our Honours Programme.
Step up to a top university or move into a competitive programme like Medicine or Law with our Honours Programme. Perfect for ambitious and high-achieving students.
The Honours Programme is an additional pathway for students whose aspirations are to progress onto highly competitive courses at top universities, such as those in the Russell Group. Once accepted onto the programme, you’ll be expected to commit extra time every week to this intensive support pathway.
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What are the entry requirements?
In addition you will need a GCSE grade 6 or above in maths and/or computing.
How is it assessed?
1) Component 1: Programming and System Development - Written Examination: 2 hours 45 minutes worth 40% of qualification.
2) Component 2: Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications - Written Examination: 2 hours 45 minutes worth 40% of qualification.
3) Component 3: Programmed Solution to a Problem - Non-exam assessment - 20% of qualification.
What financial support is on offer?
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance
What can I do next?
Games developer, Information systems manager, IT consultant, System Analyst, Systems Developer, Database Administrator, Multimedia Programmer, Business Analyst, Hardware Engineer , Software Engineer, Network Engineer, Researcher
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
IT Sales, Research, Finance , Technical Author
, IT Trainer, Secondary School Teacher, Geographical Information Systems Officer
How do I find out more?
Accounting, Business, Computing & Travel
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