Welcome to A level Computer Science
Computer Science is a massively expanding area in modern day life; without being aware you could be using hundreds of computers a day. A-Level Computer Science teaches you the fundamentals of Computer Science as well as developing your programming and problem solving skills.
For exceptional candidates who have not taken GCSE Computer Science, the Maths grade could be lowered.
There will be a mixture of both the programming and theoretical aspects of the course. On a more practical side the topics range from the fundamentals of programming, problem solving and algorithms. The theory covers topics including: binary, hardware and software, networking and computer architecture.
There are three aspects to Year 13 Computer Science, these being programming, theory, and a computing based project. Both programming and theory will build on the knowledge gained in Year 12 and introduce some new topics such as data structures and databases. A big focus of the year is the computing project, which can be the development of a piece of software, such as a computer game or dynamic website, or an investigation into a theory of computation, such as data feed of Twitter or the development of 3D worlds.