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A Level Computer Science

A Level Computer Science

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Why should I study A Level Computer Science?

A Level computer science is a fascinating and logical subject. This course is ideal if you have a passion for learning about computer programming, creating computer games, creating websites and understanding the technical aspects of networks and hardware. You will be provided with excellent facilities including well-equipped IT rooms, gaming software and programming IDEs and will have the opportunity to tailor a computer programming project to suit your individual strengths.

What will I study?

You will learn about computer systems and computer programming. In computer systems you will study the structure of a computer, computer networks, number systems, primary and secondary computer memory, data structures, data transmission, databases, the social implications of ICT. In computer programming you will develop your Python programming skills to a high level, program computer games and websites, learn about different programming languages, understand logic gates and Boolean algebra, the software lifecycle, computational methods and algorithms. 

How is A Level Computer Science assessed?

Two written exams, 2 hours and 30 minutes in length, and a practical programming project where you will get to design your own software or computer game.

What can I study with Computer Science?

Computer science naturally complements mathematics and further mathematics. However, computer science will combine with any subject as it strengthens your ability to think logically and can therefore help you develop reasoned arguments.

Where does a qualification in Computer Science lead?

The course provides secure foundations for progression onto and computing related degree course: previous students have gained places to study software development, computer game design, computer security, artificial intelligence and computer science. It also forms a strong basis for becoming an IT professional network manager or a career in mathematics, science or business.

Minimum subject requirements

Grade 6 in mathematics and grade 6 in computer science if taken.

DACA Computer Science Alumni

Sam - Subjects:  A-Level Computer Science, BTEC IT and BTEC Business.

Now studying BSc (Hons) in Computer Security and Artificial Intelligence at Lancaster University.