A Level Computer Science

This is a two-year full time study programme. You will sit two exams at the end of the second year that covers all the topics you have learnt over the two years. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods which will aim to meet the needs of each individual and accommodate different learning styles for example, case studies, assessments, group work, practical work, projects, extended writing and interactive activities.

The focus of your studies will be on two major components; Computer Systems and Algorithms & Programming.

Further to this, you will study app development in Xcode to prepare you for developing an iOS app as part of your final year project.

Programming languages you will become familiar with are; Python, Swift, and JavaScript. You will use Python for robotics and ethical hacking / security, Swift for iOS apps, and finally JavaScript for creating web apps. As your knowledge of programming progresses, you will then move onto reverse engineering techniques and malware analysis.

You are required to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above including English. You will also need a grade 6 or above in Maths.

You will attend an interview for this course, where you need to show a keen interest in problem solving.

You will be assessed through two exams with a combined weight of 80% towards your overall grade. As well as a project, worth a further 20% of your overall grade.

On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:

● A university course at undergraduate level.
● Employment within the Computing industry, for example, a junior software developer, data scientist, cyber security professional, or network engineer.
● An Apprenticeship or degree level Apprenticeship

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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