A Level Computer Science
Full Time / Level 3 / Callywith College
If you enjoy learning about the fundamental principles and concepts behind Computer Science and how software is engineered, then the Computer Science specification will stretch and challenge you by providing valuable skills in a range of programming environments, how we use programming languages to solve a range of problems and how digital technology is used by others, particularly the moral, ethical, legal and cultural opportunities and risks. It will also help you to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically as well as allowing you to apply practical mathematical skills.
The basis of this course is computation, both in theory and practice. Computer Science is an academic subject that requires you to be systematic and logical, and so often lends itself to the more technically minded student. You’ll start off by developing practical skills in a range of programming languages principally Visual C# and Visual Basic.NET. You will have the opportunity to perform Systems analysis, software engineering and program construction.
Then, you’ll move on to learn how software interacts with hardware in particular the role of the operating system, data structures and processes and how the principles of hardware impact on software and data communication. Later, you will discover how different types of software drive the digital economy and the implications of the digital revolution on the rest of society. You will also examine issues with digital security and undertake a major piece of independent coursework on a software problem of your own choice.
As computers are now such an integral part of society, people with A-level Computer Science skills are in extremely high demand. Amongst the many career possibilities that are available to you with Computer Science include system analysis, computer programming, animation and many more.